The Pleasant Art of Money-Catching: Teaching, I. Of the Original and Invention of Money… to which is added, The Way how to turn a penny; or, the Art of Thriving. With several other things, both pleasant and profitable.

  • [Anonymous]
  • Glasgow: Printed for the booksellers 1784
  • ESTC T206934.


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12mo, pp. vi, 100, [2]. Contemporary sheep. Leaves a little foxed and tanned, stitching beginning to loosen. Binding somewhat scratched and rubbed, small loss along foot of spine and front board, flyleaf loose.


A scarce and unsophisticated Glasgow printing of this entertaining guide to money and what might now be termed 'hustling' in pursuit thereof, often reprinted but now scarce in any form. The earliest surviving edition is London, 1684, attributed to 'N.H.', though it contains extracts of Henry Peacham (1546-1634) and later editions attribute the work to Alexander Montgomery (1660-1729), the 9th Earl of Eglinton and a Scottish peer. This anonymous Glasgow printing is located by ESTC in just half a dozen locations, two of them Harvard Business School.

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