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Arrowsmith family

Arrowsmith family  

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Bristol publishers, father (Isaac) and son (James William).In partnership with H. C. Evans until 1857, Isaac’s business was mainly as a bookseller and jobbing printer, though he also published ...
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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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208 words

A vendor and, until around 1800, a publisher of books. The medieval trade of selling MSS developed during the

booksellers

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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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History, Local and Family History
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232 words
London was the early centre of the book trade. The publisher–booksellers were especially found in St Paul's Churchyard and on London Bridge. They had thousands of books in their ... More
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The Oxford Companion to Scottish History

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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365 words

pre‐dated and was a more important engine for culture and literacy than Scotland's small domestic printing press (see printing

chapbook

chapbook  

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The name given since the 19th century to a kind of small, cheaply printed book or pamphlet hawked by chapmen (i.e. pedlars) from the 16th century to the early 19th century, and containing ballads, ...
conger

conger  

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The original ‘wholesale conger’ was an association of wholesale booksellers that purchased impressions of books (i.e. books in sheets, already printed) and resold them at an agreed price. Later, ...
day book

day book  

A specialized book of prime entry recording specific transactions. For example, the sales day book records invoices for sales, the purchase day book records invoices received from suppliers. Day-book ...
John Rivington

John Rivington  

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 (1720–92), and (1754–1831) London booksellers and publishers.John Rivington ran the family business, initially with his brother James, from 1742. On his death, it passed to his sons Francis and ...
John Wiley & Sons

John Wiley & Sons  

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US-based international publisher of books, journals, and digital media in the sciences, engineering, and business. Wiley was founded in 1807 as a printing firm, but in 1820 Charles Wiley gave ...
literary agent

literary agent  

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The role of literary agent—that is, of middleman between author and publisher—began to develop towards the end of the 19th century, A. P. (Alexander Pollock) Watt (1834–1914) being frequently cited ...
newsagent

newsagent  

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In 17th-century England, newsagents collected news for newsbooks, catering to an audience eager for information about current affairs. From the 19th century onwards, newsagents became the principal ...
publisher

publisher  

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The publisher of a book makes a financial investment in the enterprise. Though now big business, publishing was originally practised by individuals and by small groups working in formal partnerships ...
publishers’ catalogues

publishers’ catalogues  

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Periodic listings, in print and online, of a publisher’s offerings. Before publishers were distinguished from those who manufactured books and those who sold them to the public, printers and ...
R. R. Bowker

R. R. Bowker  

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New York-based publisher of reference books and periodicals for publishers, booksellers, book manufacturers, and librarians; US ISBN (see international standard book number) agent. Bowker’s ...
readers’ advisers

readers’ advisers  

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Librarians, library staff, booksellers, and others who—formally or informally—suggest books to readers, usually on the basis of an individual’s previous reading experience and stated preferences, as ...
reviewing in relation to consumption

reviewing in relation to consumption  

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Until the mid-18th century, critical responses to recently published works in Britain typically appeared in pamphlet form. Although earlier review periodicals had tended to offer little more than a ...
Society of Authors

Society of Authors  

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Literature
An organization founded in 1884 by W. Besant to promote the business interests of authors and fight for their rights, especially in copyright. It conducted a successful 28‐year campaign for Public ...
spelling

spelling  

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Spelling, or orthography, is one of the most salient features of any old manuscript, since writers and scribes may use a variety of different forms. It is not unusual, particularly ...
stationer

stationer  

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The term ‘stationer’ (Medieval Latin: stationarius) originally denoted a type of tradesman who acted as middleman between universities and the producers of books. On a purely commercial basis, ...
trade book

trade book  

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A book for general readers, usually sold to consumers through general booksellers (‘the trade’). The term differentiates such books from textbooks sold to students in university bookshops or directly ...

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