The Romance of Bookselling: A History from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century.

Boston: Little Brown & Co, 1911,

First American Edition. octavo, red cloth stamped in gilt. xviii, (491)pp. Little Brown & Co, Item #29461

With a bibliography by W. H. Peet. From the author's Preface: "My reason for offering this work is that no one else has attempted to write an adequate history of English bookselling and publishing. Wherever I looked for information on the subject I was faced with regrets that so little had been done to explore this evaded field of research...In my own book an attempt has been made, for the first time, to tell the whole story of English bookselling with something approaching completeness - tracing its origin as far as possible in the classic days of ancient Rome; its struggle for existence through the Long Night of the Dark Ages; and its subsequent organisation and development through the centuries down to the present day." "It is a mine of information. Much of it based on personal knowledge." Robin Myers, The British Book Trade, p. 157. Extensively illustrated. With the bookplate of Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, neurosurgeon, bibliophile and former president of the Grolier Club. With the pencil signature of "M[arion] E Dodd / Northampton / Mass / 1922" on the front endpaper. Marion E. Dodd was one of the founders of The Hampshire Bookshop in 1916. Spine faded, one inch tear to cloth at back outer hinge. Front inner hinge slightly weak as are several locations in the text block. Pencil notations to several chapters, especially Edmund Curll and Samuel Johnson.

Price: $75.00

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