Rowlett's Tables of Discount, or Interest, on Every Dollar

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by John Rowlett

Rowlett's Tables of Discount

Title page from Rowlett's Tables of Discount, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author John Rowlett
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Published Philadelphia: Printed for the proprietor, by Hugh Maxwell
Date 1802
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Language English
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Pages 200
Desc. 4to (27 cm.)
Location Shelf E-1
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John Rowlett's Tables of Discount allows individuals to determine the amount of interest expense they will pay on a particular amount of money or, likewise, the amount of interest income they will earn on a particular amount of money. These tables provide the means for people who may lack formal training in finance to quickly and easily calculate the amount of interest that will accumulate on a particular amount of money.[1]

List of subscribers featuring "Wythe, G." of Richmond, Virginia in the second column, page 198.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

"Wythe, G." appears in the section for Richmond, Virginia in the list of subscribers in the end matter of the 1802 edition. The title is also listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Rowlett's tables. 4to." This was one of the books kept by Thomas Jefferson. He later sold a copy to the Library of Congress in 1815, but it no longer exists to verify Wythe's prior ownership.[2] Both the Brown Bibliography[3] and George Wythe's Library[4] on LibraryThing include the first (1802) edition. The Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the same edition.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary, or near contemporary, cal. Rebacked with original red morocco, gilt-lettered label and gilt rules. Front free endpaper includes the signatures of "Saml. Dana" and "Saml. T. Dana, Dover, Mss, 1828." The first signature probably belongs to United States Representative Samuel Dana.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

See also


  1. John Rowlett, Rowlett's Tables of Discount (Philadelphia: Printed for the Proprietor, by Hugh Maxwell, 1802), preface.
  2. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 4:13-14 [no.3691].
  3. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  4. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on March 4, 2014.