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advertising in books

advertising in books  

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Advertising in books has existed in some form since printed books became a marketable commodity in the Gutenberg era. Printers’ devices served as early forms of trademark, giving printers a ...
Alfred W. Stern

Alfred W. Stern  

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 (1881–1960) American book collector and businessman.In the 1920s, Stern began developing the largest collection of books, MSS, sheet music, memorabilia, and ephemera (see 14) relating to Abraham ...
architectural book

architectural book  

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A conventional history of architecture publishing sees a text-orientated progress from the recovery of Vitruvius in the Italian Renaissance, through its celebration and elaboration in Mannerism and ...
ballad

ballad  

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A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed on orally from one generation to the next as part of the folk culture. ...
billhead

billhead  

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A tradesman’s or commercial firm’s printed bill, typically bearing the concern’s name and contact details, most often embellished with an illustration—frequently a shop sign or a depiction of the ...
book

book  

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A book is the emblem of St Anne, St Augustine, St Bernard, and other saints.Recorded from Old English (in form bōc, originally meaning also ‘a document or charter’), the word is of Germanic origin, ...
Books in Print

Books in Print  

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Reference work listing currently available book titles and editions in the US. It began as an annual published in 1948 by Bowker, and eventually became an electronic resource. Related serials ...
Bradbury and Evans

Bradbury and Evans  

William Bradbury (1800–1869) and Frederick Mullet Evans (1803–70), English printers from 1830, took over from Bradbury’s failed partnership with William Dent. Initially printers of legal work, they ...
Carter Burden

Carter Burden  

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 (1941–96) American book collector and businessman.Burden assembled a collection of American literature from 1880 to the present, amounting to 80,000 items, including books, MSS, and ephemera (see ...
Cassell & Co.

Cassell & Co.  

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London publishing house founded in 1848 by John Cassell (1817–65), temperance activist and wholesale tea and coffee merchant. During his life, the firm’s characteristic publications were cheap, ...
Century Co.

Century Co.  

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Founded in New York in 1881, when Scribner & Co., the magazine department of Charles Scribner’s Sons, separated from the parent company. Roswell Smith—who had founded Scribner’s Monthly in 1870 ...
Charles Knight

Charles Knight  

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(1791–1873)Born in Windsor, the son of a bookseller; he became an influential publisher and writer who did much to introduce the sale of cheap books. Though his own formal ...
coffee houses

coffee houses  

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The first coffee house in England was reputedly established in London in 1650 at the Angel. They became popular after the Restoration and remained so during the 18th century. The fashion spread ...
Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence  

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The foundation document of the United States of America, which proclaimed American separation from Britain and was adopted by the Continental Congress on 4 July 1776. Its principal author was Thomas ...
Double Crown Club

Double Crown Club  

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London dining club of artists, publishers, and typographers founded by Oliver Simon and colleagues in 1924 to promote the appreciation of good printing by discussion and influence rather than ...
Elzevir

Elzevir  

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16th–17th cent.Dutch family of printers at Leiden and Amsterdam, celebrated for the neatness and accuracy of their editions, esp. their pocket texts. In 1624 they issued their first edition ...
Enschedé Museum, Haarlem

Enschedé Museum, Haarlem  

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Since its foundation in 1703, Joh. Enschedé and Sons has been one of the foremost printing, publishing, and typefounding firms of The Netherlands. Besides being keen to preserve the company ...
ephemera

ephemera   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History

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Current Version:
2003
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History, Local and Family History
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Handwritten or printed papers which were not meant for posterity but which are now often valuable historical sources.

ephemera

ephemera   Reference library

A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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Current Version:
2011
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Literature, History
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Deriving from the Greek ephēmeros (‘subject to what the day may bring’ or ‘lasting only a day’), the generic term

ephemera

ephemera   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006
things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time; items of collectable memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term ... More

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