[Author's corrected copy of nine printed reports to the British Parliament] The only complete copy of the 9 reports printed in 8vo, reports by Sir Henry Barron Her Majesty's Secretary of Legation, on the Manufactures, Commerce, &c., of Belgium.

Sir Henry Barron [Sir Henry Page Turner Barron] (1824-1900) of Belleview, British diplomat, Secretary of Legation at Brussels, 1871-1883 [Belgium]
Sir Henry Barron [Sir Henry Page Turner Barron] (1824-1900) , diplomat
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[1866, 1867, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1876, 1879, 1880-1882, 1883] Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty. London: Printed by Harrison and Sons.
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A unique authorial assemblage of excessively scarce items. The nine reports total 344 pp in 8vo. They are bound together (according to a manuscript note) by the Belgian binder Claessens [Art Nouveau binder], who received twenty francs (sixteen shillings) for the job. In brown calf, with marbled endpapers, tooled in black on front cover with Barron's monogram, including a boar and a hand, with the words 'BARRON | REPORTS ON BELGIUM, | 1866 | 1867, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1876, 1879, 1880-82, 1883.' Similar title stamped in black on spine. Internally sound and tight on lightly-aged paper, with all texts clear and complete; binding lightly worn, with the cover speckled with paint. Occasional manuscript corrections, and passages neatly underlined in red, together with two manuscript notes (to report 6, p.49, and report 8A, p.30). The reports are preceded by a leaf with a manuscript 'Index' on the recto, and on the verso a note beginning: 'The only Complete copy of all the 9 Reports printed in 8vo. shape.' (The rest of the note relates to items not present in the volume.) The recto of the leaf that follows this is a printed title-page, with the title altered in manuscript to that given above. The nine reports are as follows. ONE, 'on the Cattle Plague in Belgium' (pp.413-432), 22 January 1866. TWO, 'on the New Tariff in Belgium' (pp.724-752), 9 April 1867. THREE (with Barron's stamp), 'on Poor laws and Pauperism in Belgium' (pp.1-30), 27 December 1872. FOUR, 'on the Commerce and Industry of Belgium' (pp.955-997), 30 December 1873. FIVE, 'Statistical and Commercial Report' (pp.108-125), 5 March 1875. SIX, 'on the Finances of Belgium' (pp.1-53), 10 April 1876. SEVEN, 'Statistical and Commercial Report' (pp.305-334), 4 April 1879. EIGHT, in three parts: EIGHT A, 'on the Finances of Belgium' (pp.1-33), 16 April 1880. Headed by manuscript note: 'printed in Commercial No. 25. 1880. Reports of H.M. Secretaries of E. & L. C 2576 p. d6 Part IV.' EIGHT B., 'on the Finances of Belgium. | (Continued from April 16, 1880.)' (pp.1-37), 25 March 1881. Headed by manuscript note: 'in Commercial No. 17. 1881. Secret. repts. Part II. C 2847. pric. d4 1/2 Harrison. 1880-82.' EIGHT C, 'on the Finances of Belgium. (Concluded from March 25, 1881.)' (pp.2-21), 3 May 1882. NINE, 'on the Commerce and Industry of Belgium in 1881 and 1882' (pp.1-31), 20 April 1883. For more information about Barron see his obituary in The Times, 14 September 1900.