Henry Curwen (1845-1892) was a journalist and author who became editor of the Times of India. First published in 1874, A History of Booksellers aimed at providing an informative but entertaining picture of British bookselling and publishing, by means of 'biographies' of the major publishing houses and their output. He begins with a general survey ...
Henry Curwen (1845-1892) was a journalist and author who became editor of the Times of India. First published in 1874, A History of Booksellers aimed at providing an informative but entertaining picture of British bookselling and publishing, by means of 'biographies' of the major publishing houses and their output. He begins with a general survey of publishing and bookselling from Roman times to the nineteenth century, including a discussion of copyright legislation. It is clear that by 1800 the demand for books was considerable and growing: Alexander Donaldson, who specialised in cheap reprints of popular works, though repeatedly sued over copyright by other publishers, died in 1794 a very rich man. Many of the firms Curwen discusses are still well-known names, such as Longmans, Chambers, Butterworths and W. H. Smith. He concludes with anecdotes on some of the better known representatives of the provincial book trade.
Good plus or better, light general wear. Spine either replaced by or covered by cloth tape with paper label. Corners worn to boards. Pages browned, waterstained bottom corner throughout, many weak or broken hinges. Frontismatter through frontispiece stuck to inside front cover.
Good. 1968 Hardcover illus., facsims., ports. 483 p. Former Library book. Title page includes original imprint: London, Chatto and Windus, 1873.; "Bibliography of works by Henry Curwen": p.  Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
FAIR to GOOD. Binding reinforced to spine with black tape as are first and last gutters. Ex-library with the usual. Wear to extremities. Pages clean. Dampness stain to top edges but no damage. 1873. Black Cloth hardcover with gilt lettering. No DJ. 483pp. Illustrated.
Occasional minor foxing, otherwise Good in a sound recent binding. Recent cloth with elaborate gilt cover illustration, small 8vo, viii, 9-483 pp. ills. Includes much of interest on Longman, JohnMurray, Algernon Blackwood, and other prominent publishers and booksellers of the nineteenth century.
Good+/-- 483, Thick brown cloth spine with gilt title. Professionally rebound. Some marks on exterior of front board, otherwise very little shelf wear. Sticker on interior of front board. Very faint discoloration to interior pages, along with some faint foxing. This book has a very pleasant aged book aroma.
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