1832 Georgian Era Book Merchant Invoice to E P Bastard MP


A really interesting mounted, framed and glazed Georgian invoice made out to the Honourable Edmund Pollexfen Bastard MP, of Kitley House, in Devon, for a selection of stationery, including pens, ink, seal wax, stamps, paper, washing book, etc.

The total comes to £1 and 5 Pence. The invoice is from ‘John Nash Bookseller and Stationer at his Circulating Library’. The invoice is dated July 1827. It is addressed to Bastard Esq. M.P.. The invoice is on ivory paper and is beautifully written and printed in Copperplate script, with the Royal Coat of Arms above POST OFFICE. It came as part of a stock of papers that originated from Kitley House. To put the cost into perspective, we also have the wage sheets of the estate farm workers and the daily wage was a shilling and sixpence (7 ½ pence).

Edmund Pollexfen Bastard (1784 - 1838) was a British Tory politician, son of Edmund Bastard and his wife Jane Pownoll. He married Anne Jane Rodney, granddaughter of Admiral Rodney. He succeeded his father as Member of Parliament (MP) for Dartmouth from 1812 to 1816 when that seat was taken by his younger brother, John Bastard. In the same election Edmund succeeded his uncle, John Pollexfen Bastard, as MP for Devonshire from 1816 to 1830. He was appointed High Sheriff of Devon for 1834.
Nice piece of social history.

Size image: 24 x 20.5 cm (9 ½ x 8 inches)
Size frame: 31.5 x 27.5 x 1.5 cm (12 3/8 x 10 ¾ x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 655 g