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British 1733 Act for Repealing Acts for Laying Duty on Compound Waters and Spirits

Printed document, 9pp, 7.625 x 11.75 in., announcing a Parliamentary act to repeal duties on "compound Waters or Spirits," and enforce legislation prohibiting the bootlegging of French brandies. John Baskett, King's Printer: London, 1733. Title page with royal coat of arms and a decorated capital letter at the beginning of the text.

This act was likely passed in response to the Gin Craze that gripped London during the first half of the eighteenth century. The over-consumption of gin and other grain-based liquors led to an epidemic of extreme drunkenness and public debauchery affecting all classes of British society. Here, the aim was to lower duties on certain brandies and other spirits, thereby encouraging the production and export of higher quality beverages and control the public intake of gin.


Unbound leaves with light toning and areas of contemporary pencil markings.

Estimate: $100 - $150


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