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

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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.
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"Represents a major contribution to the history of the book trade and consequently to 18th-century social, economic, intellectual, and literary history."--Choice

"This is a much-anticipated work."--The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198184096
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Lyell Lectures in Bibliography Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Trinity College Library, Dublin
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii
List of Tables xiv
List of Graphs xv
Abbreviations xvi
1. Legal Restraints and Censorship, 1600-1800 1
The King's Printer's Monopoly, 1604-1732 2
State Licensing and Censorship in the Seventeenth Century 11
Statute Law and Censorship in the Eighteenth Century 16
2. Bookselling before 1700 32
Imported Books Supplied by General Merchants 33
The Stationers' Company of London and the Irish Stock, 1618-1641 36
Imports by Booksellers and Others, 1665-1700 39
The Daybook of Samuel Helsham, Bookseller, 1685 42
Auctions and Collectors 61
3. The Implications of the Copyright Act: Dublin's Relations with London 66
The British Copyright and Importation Acts 67
Book-smuggling and the Stationers' Company 74
The Irish Market for British Books: London's Losses and Gains 87
Joint Bookselling and Publishing 92
Negotiations for Dublin Reprint Rights 97
The Writers' Attitudes to Dublin Reprints 102
4. Prices, Exports, Imports 110
Prices and Production Costs 110
Exports 135
Imports 153
5. The Dublin Book Trade and the Home Market 165
Trade Regulation and 'Copyright' Problems 166
The Structure of the Trade 181
Distribution 187
Finance and Trade Sidelines 191
Analysis of Three Publication Lists 195
The Book Trade and Irish Readers 209
Appendix Eight pages from the Daybook of Samuel Helsham, Bookseller, March-May 1685 227
List of Sources 253
Index 267
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