(London): The British Library, 2010,
First Edition. large octavo, blue boards in dust jacket. xviii, 314 pp. The British Library, Item #31371
"Book Makers" explores how publishing companies and their owners and staffs were organised and how their output responded to the wider social, economic and cultural trends of the period. It concentrates on the key figures like William Heinemann, Allen Lane, Paul Hamlyn and Robert Maxwell but also looks at less well known but often very significant figures whose contributions were also vital. "Book Makers" unveils an exciting and dynamic industry that influenced the course of literature, education and general cultural history at home and abroad. It considers fiction and trade publishing as well as scholarly, academic, scientific, children's, technical, medical and professional publishing. Very short tear to back panel of jacket, else a very fine copy.