Green buckram, gilt-lettered spine. Fifth Special Report of the Commissioner of Labor. Washington: Govt. Printing Office, 1893.
A deep dive into the liquor laws of Scandinavia, especially with regards to the retail and bar trade in brandy in Norway and Sweden. The Gothenburg or Trust Public House system originated in the 1860s in Gothenburg, Sweden, in an attempt to control the consumption of spirits. In 1855 the country proscribed domestic distillation. The city of Gothenburg awarded its sole retail license for spirits to a trust, with the aim of controlling consumption. The shareholders of the trust were to receive a maximum return of 5% annually and all other profits were to be used to benefit the local community. The town treasury was to control the income generated and use it to provide libraries, museums, parks and other community facilities, and the success of the system led to its spread throughout Sweden and further afield in Scandinavia and even into Scotland, where pubs under the system were called "Goths." 19th century bookplate of the Gladstone Library, with some markings and notations to title page, else very good.