5 t. long, extending to n ft. 6 ins. x 2 ft. 6 ins. high x 2 ft. 9 ins. deep.
imperfectly acquainted with his " book " made up his cost in the easiest manner, handing his sheet to the foreman for checking. It was impossible, in a work of this nature, that all the tables of prices should exactly agree where they overlapped, and, in fact, the}' varied considerably. The man who knew his "book"—in the workshop parlance—always selected the tables of prices most advantageous to himself, and if he proved exceptionally expert, he could readily secure a situation as a foreman.
Gillows do not appear to have ever been a " book " shop during the eighteenth century, and this is all the more valuable for our purpose, in enabling a correct estimate of prices and value of money at the different periods to be ascertained. " Jobbing shops " were obviously outside the scope of the " price book."
The " famine years " of 1799 to 1803 had the effect of raising the rate of wages paid by Gillows to their workmen ; whether they affected the prices in the " book " it is not possible to state with an)' certainty ; the edition of 1805 shows an advance in this direction, but this was bv way of locking the stable door after the horse was gone. Probably
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