The Earlier History of English Bookselling.

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Riviington, 1889,

First Edition. octavo, blue cloth with author and title stamped in gilt, brown coated endpapers. xii, (342), (ii), followed by 32 pp. publisher's catalogue. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Riviington, Item #29484

"The first chapter addresses bookselling before Caxton. Little information is available about the book trade in England before the late Middle Ages. From the fifteenth century onward more is known. Roberts first offers a chronological overview...then a geographical survey...and in Chapters 8-12 he discusses five leading booksellers of the eighteenth century: Jacob Tonson, Bernard Lintot, Edmund Curll, John Dunton, and Thomas Guy. A Readable, reliable account." Joseph Rosenblum, "A Bibligraphical History of the Book" p. 383. Lower front corner lightly bumped, front inner hinge slightly weak but still solid. Verso of front endpaper with 2" x 3" erasure of pencil inscription. Text block clean and solid.

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