The First John Murray and the Late Eighteenth-Century London Book Trade: With a Checklist of His Publications

The First John Murray and the Late Eighteenth-Century London Book Trade: With a Checklist of His Publications

by William Zachs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0197261914

ISBN-13: 9780197261910

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press

A remarkably complete record of both John Murray's business career (1768-1793) and his private life is preserved in the archive of the London publishing house that still bears his name. In this book, Zachs exploits that material to fully trace Murray's success in the competitive book trade, success which he achieved by imaginatively using many of the new practices

Overview

A remarkably complete record of both John Murray's business career (1768-1793) and his private life is preserved in the archive of the London publishing house that still bears his name. In this book, Zachs exploits that material to fully trace Murray's success in the competitive book trade, success which he achieved by imaginatively using many of the new practices that were revolutionizing the industry. The accounts of Murray's negotiations with authors and other traders, and the details of how he produced and marketed his publications, lay bare the fundamental economics of the book trade in a surprisingly contemporary way. And all the while, Zachs also tells the story of a remarkable life. Murray was a complicated man—honest and hypocritical, self-serving and generous, a constant schemer capable of considerable spontaneity, and so forth. He was married twice (to sisters), was the father of an illegitimate son for whom he had lifelong affection, and was always anything but conventional.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780197261910
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Series:
Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs Series
Pages:
437
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
viii
List of Tables and Figures
x
Acknowledgements xi
Notes on the Text xiii
Chronology xiv
Family Tree xvi
Introduction 1(4)
Early Years
5(20)
Kith and Kin
5(3)
On the High Seas
8(1)
In Search of a Job
9(2)
Man of Letters
11(8)
Bookseller and Stationer
19(6)
Thirty-two Fleet Street, at the Sign of the Ship
25(27)
Business as Usual
25(3)
Early Publications
28(4)
Book Production
32(3)
Buying and Selling Books
35(7)
Murray's Correspondence
42(1)
Other Ventures
43(9)
The Eighteenth-Century Book Trade
52(11)
Literary Property --- A Brief History
52(4)
Murray and the 1774 Literary Property Decision
56(6)
Mysterious 'Murray' Imprints
62(1)
Dealing with Authors
63(14)
Judging Literary Merit
63(3)
Modes of Publication
66(4)
Style Matters
70(7)
The London Trade
77(14)
Co-publication
77(4)
Murray's Book Trade Associates
81(5)
Advertising
86(1)
Catalogues
87(2)
The Antiquarian Book Trade
89(2)
Trade Outside London
91(18)
Edinburgh
91(12)
Glasgow
103(3)
Other Cities
106(3)
The Irish Trade
109(13)
Getting a Foot in the Door
109(7)
The 'Dublin Cartel'
116(4)
Publishing Irish Authors
120(2)
Family Matters
122(31)
Nancy
122(5)
Sisters
127(6)
The Irish Inheritance
133(4)
The Irish Jaunt
137(2)
Archie
139(3)
Hester and Family
142(11)
Diversity and Specialisation
153(31)
Novels
153(2)
Poetry
155(7)
Sermons
162(2)
Drama
164(1)
Histories and Historians
165(7)
Translations
172(3)
Medical Works
175(9)
A Litigious and Disputatious Nature
184(16)
Murray versus Mason, 1777
184(5)
Murray versus the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1783
189(2)
Murray versus Cullen, 1784
191(4)
Murray versus Captain Innes Munro, 1788--90
195(3)
Murray versus _________
198(2)
Periodical Publications
200(21)
Early Periodical Ventures
200(8)
The English Review
208(8)
Other Periodical Ventures
216(5)
The Politics of a Bookseller
221(17)
The American Revolution
221(5)
National Affairs
226(2)
The French Revolution
228(3)
India
231(7)
Later Years
238(15)
Decline and Fall
238(4)
'Printed for H. Murray'
242(4)
'J. Murray and S. Highley (Successors to the Late Mr. Murray)'
246(3)
The Second John Murray
249(4)
A Checklist of Murray Publications, 1768--1795 253(157)
Index of Murray Publications 410(5)
A Bibliography of Pamphlets Written by Murray 415(2)
Bibliography 417(8)
Index 425

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