By the King. A Proclamation for Prising of Wines. by…

CHARLES II (1630-1685).

By the King. A Proclamation for Prising of Wines. Given at our Court at Whitehall the Twelfth day of January 1677/8. In the Nine and twentieth year of Our Reign. God save the King. London, John Bill, 1677/8.

Large folio broadside (333 x 510 mm), two sheets joined to make one, the royal arms at the top, drophead title, a little worn and crumpled around the edges, some dust-soiling, several folds.

A scarce proclamation for the year 1678 setting out the fixed prices for all kinds of wines. The different kinds of wine are all listed with the set price above which it is illegal to charge without penalty. The wines specified in the text are ‘Canary, Tents and Malagaes, Allecants, Sherries and Muscadels, French wines and Rhenish wines’. In each case the wholesale as well as the retail price is given, so that, for example, ‘Allecants, Sherries and Muscadels, be sold in Gross at Twenty seven pounds the Butt, and Nine pence the Pint by Retail’. Allowances are made for the pricing of wines that have to be transported more than ten miles from the port of entry.

ESTC r213158, listing nine copies in the British Isles and Folger, Harvard, Huntington and Yale in North America.

Wing C3372; Steele 3646; Goldsmiths 2244.

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