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The First John Murray and the Late Eighteenth-Century London Book Trade (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs) Hardcover – December 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0197261910 ISBN-10: 0197261914 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs
  • Hardcover: 434 pages
  • Publisher: British Academy; 1 edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0197261914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0197261910
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,674,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`William Zachs is highly informative on such matters as late 18th-century copyright disputes and the emergence of a lucrative market in medical textbooks.' Sunday Telegraph

An impeccably produced volume, it has illustrations from the Murray Archive, including title pages, ledger entries and family portraits./ Ian Norrie, Highbury and Islington Express/ 15/01/99 ( also published in Hampstead and Highgate Express, 15/01/99)

painstaking and remarkable study.../ There is no doubting its value, not only because of the importance of John Murray I in his own right, but also because of the special claims of his surviving archive./ Dr Zachs is a sure-footed guide to Murray and the history of the book trade in this period./ ... it will prove an indispensible resource in all future attempts to chart the progress of London publishing in this period./ James Raven, TLS, 04/06/99.

`the distinction of this biography lies in its depiction of the book trade during a decisive period of the industrys maturation.' Elizabeth Lane Furdell, Govt and Opp.

`The production values of The First John Murray are outstanding ... indispensable for scholars of the English book business and ... anyone fascinated by Georgian cultural history.' Elizabeth Lane Furdell, Govt and Opp.

`It is fair to say that William Zachs has written not one book about his subject but two: a highly readable and carefully researched biography of the first John Murray and a comprehensive and detailed checklist of Murray's publications. Both are important contributions to the history of the book in eighteenth-century England.' Frank Donoghue, Albion

`an excellent study that should be read by everybody who has more than a passing interest in the eighteenth century book trade.' Sharp News, vol. 10, no. 3

`fascinating biography ... with a splendid and rewarding list of over 1000 Murray publications.' Sharp News, vol.10, no.3

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By belanger@virginia.edu on September 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As yet there is no good general introduction to the 18th-century book London trade, and after John Feather's excellent _History of British Publishing_, I knew of no single place to send students interested in the subject before the publication of William Zachs' new book. One of its strengths is the accuracy of its title: it really IS about Murray and the later c18 London book trade, and not simply a portrait of Murray. As a result, it provides the best general introduction I know to the circumstances of retail bookselling and publishing, not just in London but in the British Isles, as well, during the important period when these two trades were in the process of separating, and I think it belongs in every one's institutional collections, as well as in the personal libraries of those interested in the history of the English book trade. My own understanding of the circumstances of London bookselling and publishing of the century has been considerably improved by reading this book.
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