Books and Their Readers in Eighteenth-Century England: New by Isabel Rivers

By Isabel Rivers

A suite of 8 essays that examine the publication alternate revolution of the 18th-century and the ways that major different types of 18th-century writings have been designed and got by way of diverse audiences. It units out to discover the solutions to definite the most important questions about the modern use of books. Following on from Professor Rivers' "Books and Their Readers in Eighteenth-century England", released in 1982 this new assortment includes the result of very important examine through famous experts within the box of ebook publishing historical past.

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See Michael Harris, 'The structure, ownership and control of the press, 1620-1780', in George Boyce, James Curran and Pauline Wingate (eds), Newspaper History from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day (London and Beverly Hills, CA: Constable and Sage, 1978), pp. 82-97. 43. See C. Y. Ferdinand, Benjamin Collins and the Provincial Newspaper Trade in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997). 44. See G. A. Cranfield, The Development of the Provincial Newspaper, 1700-1760 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1962); James Sutherland, The Restoration Newspaper and its Development (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,' 1986); and R.

34 Although he chronicled with painstaking care the criticisms which had been levelled against the Authorized Version, he did so largely to reject them as products of the excessive zeal of dissenters or of the wily deceit of Roman Catholics. Against such criticism, he quoted John Selden's remarks that 'the English Translation of the Bible is the best Translation in the world' and that 'the Translators in K. 35 Lewis' defence of the Authorized Version needs to be set in the context of his broader polemical activity against all kinds of detractors of the Church of England.

Thomas Longman II, nephew to the founder of the house, left over ,£60,000 at his death in 1797. Charles DUly bequeathed over -£80,000 to his heirs in 1807. In 1793 Thomas Cadell, the richest copyright owner of his generation, relinquished his trade with 'an ample fortune'. At his death in 1802 he was estimated to have been worth at least £150,000. 53 How such men made their wealth - or lost it — was the subject of much contemporary interest and debate. Some booksellers were congratulated upon their achievement, but many more were not, A few laudatory Victorian accounts of booksellers-made-gentlemen stressed their philanthropy and generous spirit (rather than their profits), but, like so many practitioners of other trades, self-made booksellers were often vilified in both popular and learned literature.

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