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BARNARD, John, 1936- & BELL, Maureen, 1953- : THE EARLY SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY YORK BOOK TRADE AND JOHN FOSTER’S INVENTORY OF 1616.
Leeds : Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, 1994. First edition. The early book trade in York, with extensive analysis of an unusually detailed stock inventory.
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BENNETT, H.S. (Henry Stanley), 1889-1972 : ENGLISH BOOKS & READERS 1603 TO 1640 : BEING A STUDY OF THE HISTORY OF THE BOOK TRADE IN THE REIGNS OF JAMES I AND CHARLES I.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, (1970). First edition. The third and final volume of Stanley’s masterly analysis of supply and demand in the early English book trade, continuing the story from the death of Elizabeth I to the outbreak of the Civil War. An account of the total output of the press, irrespective of quality – “the nature of the subject matter and the demand it set out to meet”. With chapters on inception; patronage; regulation; piracy; translation; literacy; variety (religion, law, education, medicine, information, arithmetic and science, geography and travel, history, news, literature); printers, booksellers and readers.
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CROFT-COOKE, Rupert, 1903-1979 : THE LAST OF SPRING.
London : Putnam & Co., 1964. First edition. An autobiographical account of Croft-Cooke in his twenties, with interesting material on his time dealing in rare books and first editions with a shop in Rochester, the publication of his earliest novels, journeys abroad, and incidental material on other writers, including Lord Alfred Douglas, Dorothy Richardson, Louis Golding, etc.
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FEATHER, John : THE ENGLISH PROVINCIAL BOOK TRADE BEFORE 1850 : A CHECKLIST OF SECONDARY SOURCES.
Oxford : Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1981. First edition. An indexed checklist of 429 items relating to the book-trade outside London, primarily listed by county. Oxford Bibliographical Society Occasional Publication No.16.
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GOULDEN, R.J. (Richard John), 1945- : THE FAVERSHAM BOOK TRADE 1730-1900.
Faversham : Faversham Society, 1996. First edition. Biographical notes on over 100 individuals in some way connected with the book trade through Faversham’s history – booksellers, stationers, printers, etc. Faversham Papers No. 51.
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HERRMANN, Frank, 1927-2017 : SOTHEBY’S : PORTRAIT OF AN AUCTION HOUSE.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1980. First edition. A full-scale history, with much on the firm’s original specialisation in book-sales – with chapters on the Quaritch Era, the Huth Sales, the Britwell Court Sales, etc.
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HILL, Alexandra, 1989- : LOST BOOKS AND PRINTING IN LONDON, 1557-1640 : AN ANALYSIS OF THE STATIONERS’ COMPANY REGISTER.
Leiden & Boston : Brill, (2018). First edition. The first attempt fully to analyse the books (and other printed material) entered for publication in the Stationers’ Register to 1640, but which no longer survive. The author’s estimate of the sheer extent of loss – perhaps 20,000 pieces of printing in all – books, ballads, news-books, broadsides, religious tracts, almanacs, plays, verse, music, etc., are dealt with in turn – perhaps skews our entire understanding of the period. With an extensive and useful bibliography. In the “Library of the Written Word” series.
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HOWARD-HILL, T.H. (Trevor Howard), 1933-2011 : BRITISH BOOK TRADE DISSERTATIONS TO 1980.
Signal Mountain : Summertown Texts, 1998. First edition. A classified and detailed listing of 1,478 dissertations, theses, honours papers, final year projects and other technically unpublished writings relating to the British book trade – with sections on bibliographers and editors, bibliography by period, by region, book production and distribution, libraries, bookselling, paper, watermarks, printing, illustration, presses, publishing, typography, forms, genres, subjects, newspapers, periodicals, authors and much else.
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HUNT, C.J. (Christopher John) : THE BOOK TRADE IN NORTHUMBERLAND AND DURHAM TO 1860 : A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PRINTERS, ENGRAVERS, LITHOGRAPHERS, BOOKSELLERS, STATIONERS, PUBLISHERS, MAPSELLERS, PRINTSELLERS, MUSICSELLERS, BOOKBINDERS, NEWSAGENTS AND OWNERS OF CIRCULATING LIBRARIES.
Newcastle upon Tyne : Thorne’s Students Bookshops for the History of the Book Trade in the North, 1975. First edition. A thoroughly researched biographical dictionary of the book trade in the North East, offered together with the extensive 1981 supplement prepared by P. J. Wallis.
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“KAYE, Barbara” – [MUIR, Barbara Kenrick Gowing, 1908-1998] : THE COMPANY WE KEPT.
London : Werner Shaw, in collaboration with Elkin Mathews, 1986. First edition. Both a personal memoir of the years 1938-1945 and the story of the Elkin Mathews business at that time. With much on her husband, the bookseller Percy Muir (the book forming a sequel to his own “Minding My Own Business”), but with sidelights on an eccentric cast of characters including the actress Phyllis Calvert, Rupert Cross, Ian Fleming, Peter Murray Hill, the translator Koteliansky, E. H. W. Meyerstein, A. J. A. Symons, Hugh Walpole, Greville Worthington, etc.
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MANASEK, Francis J. (Francis John), 1940- : UNCOMMON VALUE : A RARE BOOK DEALER’S WORLD.
Ann Arbor : Arbor Libri Press, 1995. First edition. Recollections and reminiscences of the American book and map dealer F. J. Manasek (of G. B. Manasek of Vermont) – with chapters on what things are worth; dealers; the London bookshops; auctions; fairs, etc.
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MYERS, Robin & HARRIS, Michael – editors : A GENIUS FOR LETTERS : BOOKSELLERS AND BOOKSELLING FROM THE 16TH TO THE 20TH CENTURY.
Winchester : St. Paul’s Bibliographies / New Castle : Oak Knoll Press, (1995). First edition. The fifteenth collection of conference papers in the “Publishing Pathways” series. Includes essays by Luigi Balsamo (on Italian bookselling in the eighteenth century); Bill Bell (on Smith & Elder); Christopher Edwards (on antiquarian bookselling in Britain in 1725); Simon Eliot (on circulating libraries, book-clubs, etc); Germaine Greer (on Sam Briscoe); Anthony Hobson (on booksellers & bookbinders); Giles Mandelbrote (booksellers and bookshops in late 17th-century London); James Tierney (on advertisements and Robert Dodsley), and William Zachs (on John Murray).
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PEARSON, David, 1955- : DURHAM BOOKBINDERS AND BOOKSELLERS 1660-1760.
Oxford : Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1986. First edition. A study of a dozen Durham bookbinders and booksellers, including John Aisley, Abraham Ashworth, James Dansken, Catherine Waghorn, John Waghorn, William Werdon, and the Durham Insect-Roll Binder. With the separately printed errata slip, explaining the transposition of certain of the plates. Oxford Bibliographical Society Occasional Publication No.19.
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WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922-2016 : TEA WITH ALICE.
New York : [Phoenix Bookshop], 1978. First edition : limited to 250 copies, hors commerce, printed as a Christmas greeting from Bob Wilson of the Phoenix Bookshop. An account of the correspondence and his eventual visit to Alice B. Toklas in Paris.
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WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922-2016 : FAULKNER ON FIRE ISLAND.
New York : [Phoenix Bookshop], 1979. First edition : limited to 250 copies. Privately published as a Christmas Greeting – and inscribed and signed by Wilson. An account of his discovery of the original typescript of Faulkner’s first novel, together with the manuscripts of unpublished poems and stories.
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