(London): The Bibliographical Society, 1977,
large quarto, blue cloth. (346) pp. The Bibliographical Society, Item #29458
Four volumes reprinted in compact form in one volume. Unrevised reprint of the original volumes: 1577-1640, first printed 1910; 1641-1667, first printed 1907; 1668-1725, first printed 1922; 1726-1775, first printed 1932. Information pulled together from different sources including scarce biographies and autobiographies. Robin Myers, The British Book Trade: "1557 to 1640...An introduction surveys the state of the trade and regulations relaing thereto...; 1641-1667...This fills the gap between the Stationers' Registers and the Term Catalogues of Arber...and gives the imprint showing place, biographical detail and description of the character of the trade carried on, preceded, as with the above mentioned works, by a background history of the trade during the period.; 1668-1725...This covers an important period of trade history marked by the expiry of the Licensing Act in 1695, the imposing of paper and pamphlet duties which caused many English books to be printed abroad at cheaper rates, the Copyright Act of 1 709 and the establishment of provincial presses.; 1727-1775...The last of the Bibliographical Society's dictionaries includes quotations from authorities such as Timperley." With the bookplate of Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, neurosurgeon, bibliophile and former president of the Grolier Club. "London 23 June 1978" penned on the front free endpaper. A very fine, clean copy.