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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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BASON, Fred (Frederick Thomas), 1907-1973 : SUMMER.
[London] : Doulton & Co., . First edition : limited to an unspecified number of copies. Inscribed at length and signed by Fred Bason. “I believe that everybody should have a hobby. Some men collect books, others banknotes or blondes. A lady in Cornwall has over two million pearl buttons ...”. Reminiscences of a legendary book-runner, including a bookselling visit to the redoubtable Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes and of her introducing Bason to “Doulton”, persuading Arnold Bennett to sign some books, etc.
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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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BURTON, John Hill, 1809-1881 : THE BOOK-HUNTER ETC.
Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1862. First edition of “A Vision of Mighty Book Hunters”, “The Prowler and the Auction-Haunter”, “The Collector and the Scholar”, “Librarians”, and other fine essays on book-buying and book-collecting by the Scottish historian John Hill Burton. The book was greeted by “The Saturday Review” on its first appearance as “beyond measure delightful to those who are in any degree members of the above mentioned fraternity”.
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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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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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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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LONG, Gerard – editor : BOOKS BEYOND THE PALE : ASPECTS OF THE PROVINCIAL BOOK TRADE IN IRELAND BEFORE 1850 ...
Dublin : Rare Books Group of the Library Association of Ireland, 1996. First edition. Conference papers on the book trade in southern Ireland 1590-1640; the catholic press in Munster in the eighteenth century; Georgian Drogheda; early book trades in Galway; the distribution of books from Belfast; printing in Irish, 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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OXFORD BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY : STUDIES IN THE BOOK TRADE : IN HONOUR OF GRAHAM POLLARD.
Oxford : Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1975. First edition. An impressive collection of essays on various aspects of the history of the book trade – by Giles Barber, Nicolas Barker, Terry Belanger, Harry Carter, John Carter (on Pollard himself), John Dreyfus and Peter Isaac, J. D. Fleeman, Michael Harris, Anthony Hobson, Richard Hunt, Paul Morgan, A. N. L.Munby, Howard Nixon, David Rogers, Michael Turner, and David Vaisey.
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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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