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

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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.
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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Tables and Figures
Notes on the Text
Family Tree
Introduction 1
1 Early Years 5
2 Thirty-two Fleet Street, at the Sign of the Ship 25
3 The Eighteenth-Century Book Trade 52
4 Dealing with Authors 63
5 The London Trade 77
6 Trade Outside London 91
7 The Irish Trade 109
8 Family Matters 122
9 Diversity and Specialisation 153
10 A Litigious and Disputatious Nature 184
11 Periodical Publications 200
12 The Politics of a Bookseller 221
13 Later Years 238
A Checklist of Murray Publications, 1768-1795 253
Index of Murray Publications 410
A Bibliography of Pamphlets Written 415
Bibliography 417
Index 425
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