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In 2017 a rare 18th century cloth merchant’s dispatch book of Claude Passavant, a Swiss émigré, was discovered in the London Metropolitan Archives by well-known Exeter historian Todd Gray. Exeter was internationally renowned for all aspects of cloth production, but few records survive. Realising that no-one had studied Passavant’s book, which contains almost 2,500 wool samples, Gray assembled specialist authors to write thirteen chapters discussing the local and wider contexts of eighteenth-century cloth making. This fascinating study explores the quality, range, and vibrancy of cloth that led to Exeter becoming a centre for the manufacture and trade of woollen cloth.
- Published in 2021, ISBN 9780901853639, Devon and Cornwall Record Society
- Size: 240 x 170mm, 352 pages, 255 colour & 15 line illustrations, hardback