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AYERST, David (David George Ogilvy), 1904-1992 : THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN : BIOGRAPHY OF A NEWSPAPER.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, (1971). First edition : the American issue. A full-length history of the newspaper from 1821 to 1956 – John Edward Taylor, Jeremiah Garnett, C. P. Scott, A. P. Wadsworth, etc.
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BARKER, Nicolas (Nicolas John), 1932- : STANLEY MORISON.
London : Macmillan London, (1972). First edition. Both the best life of Stanley Morison (1889-1967) and an authoritative account of typography in the twentieth century – with much incidental material on Lord Astor, R. M. Barrington-Ward, Lord Beaverbrook, Robert Bridges, William Burch, Cambridge University Press, Eric Gill, Victor Gollancz, Edward Johnston, Hans Mardersteig, the Monotype Corporation, Bruce Rogers, Oliver Simon, The Times, D. B. Updike, Beatrice and Frederic Warde, etc.
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CRAIG, Mary Elizabeth : THE SCOTTISH PERIODICAL PRESS : 1750-1789.
Edinburgh : Oliver & Boyd, 1931. First edition. A survey of the spread and significance of Scottish newspapers and periodicals in the eighteenth century – with a concise account (and a further bibliographical entry) for each publication, etc.
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DESMOND, R.G.C. (Raymond George Coulter), 1925- : OUR LOCAL PRESS : A SHORT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE NEWSPAPERS OF WALTHAMSTOW.
London : Walthamstow Antiquarian Society, (1955). First edition. An interesting and detailed account of a rich variety of local publishing – with material on twenty-five different local productions from 1870 onwards.
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HAMMOND, J. L. (John Lawrence), 1872-1949 : C. P. SCOTT OF THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN.
London : G. Bell & Sons, 1934. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to Samuel Telley, signed and dated (1934) by John Hammond. A full-scale biography of the legendary journalist Charles Prestwich Scott (1846-1932), with specific chapters on women’s suffrage, Ireland, the Great War, etc.
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JERROLD, Walter (Walter Copeland), 1865-1929 : DOUGLAS JERROLD AND ‘PUNCH’.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1910. First edition. A full-length account of the writer, playwright and wit Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857) and his distinctive voice in the emergence of “Punch” as a national institution. Also includes four of Jerrold’s longer pieces for “Punch” – “Capsicum House for Young Ladies”, “The Life and Adventures of Miss Robinson Crusoe”, “Our Honeymoon” and “Exhibition of the English in China”, as well as a full listing of all his anonymous or pseudonymous contributions to the magazine.
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KITCHIN, George : SIR ROGER L’ESTRANGE : A CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF THE PRESS IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.
London : Kegan Paul, 1913. First edition. A full-scale life of the extraordinary Sir Roger l’Estrange (1616-1704), writer, cavalier, press censor, polemicist and rake – and in some sense our first political journalist.
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LINTON, W.J. (William James), 1812-1897 : JAMES WATSON : A MEMOIR OF THE DAYS OF THE FIGHT FOR A FREE PRESS IN ENGLAND AND OF THE AGITATION FOR THE PEOPLE’S CHARTER.
New York : Augustus M Kelley, 1971. A facsimile reprint of the original 1880 edition. A memoir of James Watson (1799-1874), radical printer and publisher, champion of free speech and a free press. In the “English Book Trade” series.
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MILNE, Maurice : THE NEWSPAPERS OF NORTHUMBERLAND AND DURHAM : A STUDY OF THEIR PROGRESS DURING THE “GOLDEN AGE” OF THE PROVINCIAL PRESS.
Newcastle upon Tyne : Frank Graham, . First edition. The Alnwick Mercury, Durham Chronicle, Hexham Courant, Morpeth Herald, Newcastle Journal, Shields Gazette, Sunderland Sentinel and many more.
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[MUDDIMAN, Joseph George, 1861-1939] : TERCENTENARY HANDLIST OF ENGLISH & WELSH NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES & REVIEWS.
London : The Times, 1920. First edition. An exhaustive and fully indexed chronological listing of all the known English and Welsh newspapers, magazines and periodicals from 1620 to 1919 – including dates of first and last issue, etc. Prefaced by an historical introduction to newspaper history.
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ROBINSON, Lionel : BOSTON’S NEWSPAPERS.
Boston : Richard Kay Publications for the History of Boston Project, 1974. First edition. An interesting account of the rich heritage of local newspaper publishing in Lincolnshire. History of Boston series No. 11.
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SCOTT, J.W. Robertson (John William Robertson), 1866-1962 : THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A NEWSPAPER : AN ACCOUNT OF THE TEMPERAMENTS, PERTURBATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF JOHN MORLEY, W. T. STEAD, E. T. COOK, HARRY CUST, J. L. GARVIN AND THREE OTHER EDITORS OF THE PALL MALL GAZETTE.
London : Methuen & Co., (1952). First edition. The absorbing story of the power, reach and influence of a once-great newspaper and particularly of its editors – “one of them went to gaol, one became a viscount, two were knighted, one gained a marble monument, one edited Ruskin in thirty-nine volumes, another the Encyclopaedia Britannica ...”. An essential study of the history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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SHAABER, M.A. (Matthias Adam), 1897-1979 : SOME FORERUNNERS OF THE NEWSPAPER IN ENGLAND 1476-1622.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1929. First edition. The standard narrative account of the birth of English journalism, with individual chapters on the earliest official news; personal news; partisan news; popular news; foreign news; news-ballads; news-writers; news-publishers; and the beginnings of newspapers proper.
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[WITHERS, Hartley, 1867-1950, & OTHERS] : A NEWSPAPER HISTORY 1785-1935. REPRINTED FROM THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY NUMBER OF THE TIMES, JANUARY 1, 1935.
London : Times Publishing Co., 1935. First edition. An attractively produced and illustrated history of “The Times”, from its inception in 1785 as “The Daily Universal Register”. With material on Thomas Barnes, John Thadeus Delane, William Hazlitt, John Walter and others, as well as on distribution, paper, photography, typography, etc.
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