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The Trial of A Cause by Richard Pepper Arden...

 
The Trial of A Cause by Richard Pepper Arden... by ARKWRIGHT, Richard; Richard Pepper Arden [Sykes and Taylor, Birkacre near Chorley] (1785)

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Author: ARKWRIGHT, Richard; Richard Pepper Arden [Sykes and Taylor, Birkacre near Chorley]
Title: The Trial of A Cause by Richard Pepper Arden... to Mr. Richard Arkwright
 
Year: 1785
Publisher: Hughes and Walsh, Inner Temple Lane
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £450
 
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[folding plate] pp 192. Small folio recording the case brought against Richard Arkwright to repeal his 1775 patent allowing him to dominate English textile manufacturing - with an excellent Lancastrian mill-owning provenance. Modern half calf over old marbled boards, new spine label, paper overlay to inner hinges, tissue repairs to foreedge of first blank and title page. The large folding plate - 'Mr Arkwright's Plan of the Machine for preparing Silk, Cotton, Flax and Wool for Spinning, 1775' bears a tissue repair down the lefthand edge and an old paper repair to the verso. There is offsetting from the heavily printed images where the engraving has been folded. The text is collated and complete, some finger marking to early leaves, and a most interesting late eighteenth century Lancashire mill owner's inscription on the blank verso of the final printed page: 'Sykes and Taylor, Birkacre near Chorley'. This 'cotton-spinning factory' operated on a site owned by Richard Arkwright himself until 1777, Sykes and Taylor being dissolved in 1788, three years after the publication of this work about a case which Arkwright lost, thereby inadvertently liberalising an industry that had threatened to become his fiefdom. Lancashire - not Arkwright's native Derbyshire - would as a consequence become the centre of cotton weaving in the United Kingdom
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