Banking: An Illustrated History - Edwin GreenOxford: Phaidon Press, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly pulled at the head of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Further reading list; Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Tables; Colour frontispiece; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “Throughout the history of the modern world, bankers and banking have played a central role. This book tells the rich and colourful story of banking from its earliest origins in the city states of medieval Italy, through to full maturity in the highly competitive global markets of today.
The author looks at the themes, events and personalities which have served as the foundations to this cornerstone of the economic world, and shows how the inter-relationships of bankers and the political, social and cultural environment is often both revealing and surprising — from the loans that financed the power struggles of Europe in the Middle Ages, to the financial and political rivalries among bankers that were so influential in the history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the various foundations and collections created through banking wealth.
Banking: An Illustrated History relates the early rise to prominence of the Dutch and English banks of the seventeenth century, and the gradual emergence of central banks over succeeding generations. The origins of merchant banking are also described, as is the extraordinary expansion of banking activity in the nineteenth century as the web of commerce grew ever wider. In the modern era, the development of international banking and its role in the war-ridden history of the first half of this century is tellingly outlined, and the book portrays fundamental changes being wrought by new technology, deregulation and the inter-nationalization of financial markets.
International in outlook, this handsome book is sumptuously illustrated with many striking and unusual photographs, prints, paintings and facsimiles from the major banking centres of the world; it will appeal to anyone who ever wanted to know more about the historical roots of this universal business to better understand its unlikely beginnings — and perhaps predict its likely future.”