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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An advertisement of a shopkeeper's business, or a list of his goods, printed for distribution.

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Examples

  • I cannot doubt that the high laws which each man sees ever implicated in those processes with which he is conversant, the stern ethics which sparkle on his chisel-edge, which are measured out by his plumb and foot-rule, which stand as manifest in the footing of the shop-bill as in the history of a state, —do recommend to him his trade, and though seldom named, exalt his business to his imagination.

    V. Essays. Compensation. 1841

  • His original shop-bill, or handbill, the first advertisement for coffee, is in the British Museum, and from it the accompanying photograph was made for this work.

    All About Coffee

  • It was in the form of a shop-bill, or handbill, issued by Pasqua Rosée from the first London coffee house in St. Michael's Alley, Cornhill; and the original is preserved in the British Museum.

    All About Coffee

  • I cannot doubt that the high laws which each man sees implicated in those processes with which he is conversant, the stern ethics which sparkle on his chisel-edge, which are measured out by his plumb and foot-rule, which stand as manifest in the footing of the shop-bill as in the history of a state, -- do recommend to him his trade, and though seldom named, exalt his business to his imagination.

    Essays: First Series (1841)

  • a process may answer in sculpture, because there a quantity of rough-hewing occurs, which can no more be improved by committing it to a Phidias, than a common shop-bill could be improved in its arithmetic by Sir Isaac Newton.

    Biographical Essays

  • The shop-bill of Richard Lee, who sold tobacco about 1730 "at Ye

    The Social History of Smoking

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