By Richard L. Chambers
A compilation drawn from over 500 years of English language accounting literature reflecting a life of scholarly enquiry, this booklet includes over 5000 quotations of among 1-20 strains in size. The publication goals to provide an historic viewpoint in addition to an up to date evaluation of what accounting and accountants have been, are and do, and is meant either as a reference publication and a examine device. Its variety extends from common curiosity to the complicated, overlaying ideas, practices and criteria, specialist and educational reviews, and the social and logical foundations of accounting; it additionally attracts at the paintings of students in different fields that experience a few pertaining to accounting paintings and idea.
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Pacioli, 1494/1963, 96 At the end of each annual account [of the Sidney Ironworks] the "clear gain" was reckoned by totalling the market value of the increases in stocks of raw and semifinished materials over the previous year, and the market value of the iron produced . . in 1548 the cost of producing a ton of bar iron appears to have been £4 4s 5d, compared with the valuation of £7 in the stock accounts. The stock valuation can be taken as approximately the price the market would bear . . The stock valuations can be used at each stage of the process to test whether any operations were endangering profitability and should have been replaced by buying in.
Of John Hawkins' Clavis commercii] Hatton, 1689 Merchants' accounts, tho' a science not likely to help a gentleman to get an estate, yet possibly there is not any thing of more use and efficacy to make him preserve the estate he has . . I would therefore advise all gentlemen to learn perfectly merchants' accounts, and not to think it is a skill that belongs not to them, because it has received its name from, and has been chiefly practised by, men of traffic. Locke, 1693/1970, 250 3 An Accounting Thesaurus I do not know that any art practised among men is come up to a positive ne plus ultra, but that of accounting.
Hayes, 1741, 1 The counting house of an accomplished merchant is a school of method where the great science may be learned of ranging particulars under generals, of bringing the different parts of a transaction together and of showing at one view a long series of dealing and exchange. Let no man venture into large business while he is ignorant of the method of regulating books; never let him imagine that any degree of natural abilities will enable him to supply this deficiency, or preserve multiplicity of affairs from inextricable confusion.
An Accounting Thesaurus. 500 years of accounting by Richard L. Chambers