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By Richard L. Chambers

A compilation drawn from over 500 years of English language accounting literature reflecting a life of scholarly enquiry, this ebook includes over 5000 quotations of among 1-20 traces in size. The e-book goals to offer an ancient point of view in addition to an updated evaluate of what accounting and accountants have been, are and do, and is meant either as a reference ebook and a study instrument. Its variety extends from normal curiosity to the complicated, protecting principles, practices and criteria, expert and educational critiques, and the social and logical foundations of accounting; it additionally attracts at the paintings of students in different fields that experience a few relating accounting paintings and inspiration.

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The books of the firm are not the accounts of the partners as individuals. As the system of double entry spread in use it developed to include the notion of the firm's balance sheet (first introduced about 1608) - a 13 An Accounting Thesaurus recurring statement of the assets and liabilities of the group . . No longer is the merchant just a merchant pursuing a trade for his livelihood. He has become at once the owner and the servant of an abstract collection of expectancies reduced to an arithmetical form.

Stephens, 1735, 4 17 An Accounting Thesaurus Bookkeeping by double entry . . is the art of keeping our accounts in such a manner, as will not only exhibit to us our net gain or loss upon the whole, but our particular gain or loss upon each article we deal in, by which we are instructed what branches to pursue, and which to decline; a piece of knowledge so very essential to every man in business, that without it a person can only be said to deal at random, or at best can be called but guessed work.

A phrase much used in economics, to signify the sum total of all the services requisite to make an article and bring it to market or place it in the hands of the consumer. These services fall under three heads:- labor, endurance, and abstinence. Bithell, 1903, 80 I wished him [Ernest Pontifex] to understand bookkeeping by double entry. I had myself, as a young man, been compelled to master this not very difficult art: having acquired it, I have become enamored of it, and consider it the most necessary branch of any young man's education after reading and writing.

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