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If he had taught me book-keeping by double entry and after the Italian method, as he did Lucy Bertram, I could teach you, Tom.
George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  the most standard bookkeeping method (and virtually universal in any firm with multiple employees) in which there are two entries for each transaction, one a debit and the other a credit to provide a check that income, expense, assets, liabilities, and equity are always in balance
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Double-entry book-keeping was "invented" by merchants of Venice and codified for the first time by Luca Pacioli, a close friend of Leonardo da Vinci, in a 1494 footnote to a scientific paper.
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  • If he had taught me book-keeping by double entry and after the Italian method, as he did Lucy Bertram, I could teach you, Tom.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • During the first period of Charles’s visits to the Bertaux, Madame Bovary junior never failed to inquire after the invalid, and she had even chosen in the book that she kept on a system of double entry a clean blank page for Monsieur Rouault.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
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Associated words [difficulty]:   double entry , materiality [9]
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