ID: 28275
A general description of all trades, digested in  alphabetical order:

TRADES,, A general description of all trades, digested in alphabetical order: by which parents, guardians, and trustees may, with greater ease and certainty, make choice of trades agreeable to the capacity, education, inclination, strength, and fortune of the youth under their care. Containing, I. How many branches each is divided into. II. How far populous, or necessary. III. Which they require most, learning, art, or labour. IV. What is commonly given with an apprentice to each. V.. Hours of working, and other customs usual among them. VI. Their wages and how much may be earned by, or is commonly given to, journeymen. VII. What money is necessary to set up a person in each. VIII. Which are incorporated Companies, with the time of their incorporation, livery-sine, situation of their Hall, Court-day, description of their arms, mottos, &c. To which is prefixed, An Essay on divinity, law, and physic. London: T. Waller. [1747].

12mo., (4) + xxxii + 227 + (1)pp., contemporary gilt-ruled calf, a little overall wear, one corner of lower board bruised, neatly rebacked to match. An excellent copy.

First edition.

A comprehensive reference work on employment and apprenticeships in hundreds of trades with rates of pay and conditions of employment including hours of work. And so, just under the letter 'G', the author includes gardeners, gilders, girdlers, glaziers, glass-blowers, glass-grinders, glass-sellers, globe-makers, glovers, gold-beaters, gold-smiths, gold and silver wine-drawers, grinders, grocers, and gunsmith and gun-stock-makers. With particular reference to glass-blowers the author notes that 'the glass-houses are for the most part very advantageous to the proprietors, and the blowers, &c. have large pay, but the work is slavish, hazardous, and pernicious to health'.