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Alfred A. Knopf

Alfred A. Knopf  

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 (1892–1984) American publisher.With his wife, Blanche, Alfred Knopf created a firm legendary for excellent design, innovative advertising, and interest in foreign authors. Like the covers of his ...
American Antiquarian Society

American Antiquarian Society  

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Was founded by Isaiah Thomas at Worcester, Mass. (1812. Its collections of Americana extend to 1876 and the holdings prior to 1821 are preeminent. A private institution, it has some 300 elected ...
Antonín Koniáš

Antonín Koniáš  

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 (1691–1760) Czech Jesuitwho policed the Catholic faith in the Czech lands, notoriously remembered for compiling an index of condemned heretical books, Clavis Haeresim Claudens et Aperiens (1729, ...
Antonio Bergnes de las Casas

Antonio Bergnes de las Casas  

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 (1801–79) Spanish publisher.Professor of Greek and sometime rector of the University of Barcelona, he was also a distinguished editor, publisher, and translator. His c.300 imprints—some issued in ...
Armenian type

Armenian type  

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Woodcut Armenian letters appeared in Breydenbach’s Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam (1486). The pioneer Armenian printer, Yakob Meghapart, created the first movable types, publishing five books in ...
Atheneum

Atheneum  

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A New York trade house founded in 1959 by three senior editors: Simon Michael Bessie of Harper & Brothers, Hiram Haydn of Random House, and Alfred Knopf, Jr., of the ...
Avon Books

Avon Books  

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*Paperback publisher founded in 1941 by the American News Co. when it lost its distribution contract for Pocket Books. Avon published mysteries, westerns, and other genre fiction. In 1959, it ...
Baptiste Louis Garnier

Baptiste Louis Garnier  

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 (1823–93) Leading Brazilian publisher, the most successful of several French booksellers to settle in Brazil.Garnier’s imprints—original works and Portuguese translations—were typically imported ...
Biblioteca de Catalunya

Biblioteca de Catalunya  

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Founded in Barcelona in 1907 as the Institute of Catalan Studies Library, its mission was to collect the Catalan printed heritage. However, it could not assume the name as well ...
Bobbs-Merrill Co.

Bobbs-Merrill Co.  

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Indianapolis, Indiana, publisher, which began by issuing law books and later branched out into trade and educational publishing. Originating as a bookshop in the 1820s, the firm began publishing ...
Bodley Head

Bodley Head  

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British publisher. Named after the sign on Mathews’s Vigo Street bookshop, the Bodley Head became the most influential literary publisher of the 1890s. Started in 1889 by Mathews and J. ...
Book Society

Book Society  

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British book club, founded 1929. Like its American counterpart the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Book Society used a panel of experts—including J. B. Priestley and Hugh Walpole—to select books. Titles ...
booksellers’ catalogues

booksellers’ catalogues  

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Such catalogues have traditionally been the most common means by which booksellers offer their stock for sale, whether of new, remaindered, second-hand, rare, or antiquarian works. Although many are ...
British Library

British Library  

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Since its creation in 1973, the British Library has published a range of titles under its own imprint and in association with other publishers, such as Oak Knoll Press. Largely ...
Burns & Oates

Burns & Oates  

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English publishers. Following his conversion in 1847, the London bookseller James Burns (1808–71) rapidly became a leading publisher of Roman Catholic writers (including J. H. Newman and F. W. ...
Candide

Candide  

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The naive hero of Voltaire's novel Candide (1759) who through the misfortunes he encounters rejects the unfounded optimism of his tutor Dr Pangloss in favour of the practical philosophy inherent in ...
Cannon & Sons, George Q.

Cannon & Sons, George Q.  

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Until the 1860s, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints generally depended on non-Mormon printers for its publishing needs. In 1866, George Quayle Cannon established a Salt Lake City ...
catalogues of books, MS and print

catalogues of books, MS and print  

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Catalogues record ownership, usually availability, sometimes noting donations or provenance, and are compiled with the purpose of publicly imparting this information. Catalogues of books, whether in ...
Charles E. Merrill

Charles E. Merrill  

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*Publisher of educational, technical, and religious books, founded in the second half of the 19th century in Columbus, Ohio. It was purchased in 1958 by Prentice Hall and continues as an imprint of ...
Chatto & Windus

Chatto & Windus  

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London publishing house established in 1873 on the death of J. C. Hotten. The driving force was Hotten’s chief clerk, Andrew Chatto (1840–1913), who transformed the bohemian house into a ...

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