Dublin's Trade in Books, 1550-1800: Lyell Lectures, 1986-1987

Dublin's Trade in Books, 1550-1800: Lyell Lectures, 1986-1987

by M. Pollard, Pollard
     
 

This is the first book to examine the Irish book trade as exemplified by the bookselling practices of Dublin. Previous studies have focused mainly on the English trade discussing Irish practices only as a footnote. This study focuses on Ireland, and draws on a wealth of material including daybooks, imprints, advertisements, and books themselves to build a detailed

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This is the first book to examine the Irish book trade as exemplified by the bookselling practices of Dublin. Previous studies have focused mainly on the English trade discussing Irish practices only as a footnote. This study focuses on Ireland, and draws on a wealth of material including daybooks, imprints, advertisements, and books themselves to build a detailed picture of the fortunes and practices of Irish bookselling. Pollard not only discusses relations with London, but looks in detail at the market at home, the structure and economic background of the Dublin trade, what books were published, and for whom. In addition, Pollard examines the significant expansion of the book trade during the 18th century, and provides the first survey of imports and exports revealing just how many books entered Ireland, and the supply of Dublin books to overseas markets.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198184096
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Series:
Lyell Lectures in Bibliography Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxiii
List of Tablesxiv
List of Graphsxv
Abbreviationsxvi
1.Legal Restraints and Censorship, 1600-18001
The King's Printer's Monopoly, 1604-17322
State Licensing and Censorship in the Seventeenth Century11
Statute Law and Censorship in the Eighteenth Century16
2.Bookselling before 170032
Imported Books Supplied by General Merchants33
The Stationers' Company of London and the Irish Stock, 1618-164136
Imports by Booksellers and Others, 1665-170039
The Daybook of Samuel Helsham, Bookseller, 168542
Auctions and Collectors61
3.The Implications of the Copyright Act: Dublin's Relations with London66
The British Copyright and Importation Acts67
Book-smuggling and the Stationers' Company74
The Irish Market for British Books: London's Losses and Gains87
Joint Bookselling and Publishing92
Negotiations for Dublin Reprint Rights97
The Writers' Attitudes to Dublin Reprints102
4.Prices, Exports, Imports110
Prices and Production Costs110
Exports135
Imports153
5.The Dublin Book Trade and the Home Market165
Trade Regulation and 'Copyright' Problems166
The Structure of the Trade181
Distribution187
Finance and Trade Sidelines191
Analysis of Three Publication Lists195
The Book Trade and Irish Readers209
AppendixEight pages from the Daybook of Samuel Helsham, Bookseller, March-May 1685227
List of Sources253
Index267

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