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A paper read on September 6th, 1957 at the sixteenth session of the English Institute in New York, as part of a program on "Publishers and the Reading Public" directed by Richard D. Altick.


In addition to Beljame and Collins I am particularly indebted to: Ellic Howe, The London Compositor (1947); Frank A. Mumby, Publishing and Bookselling, 3rd ed. (1954); Marjorie Plant, The English Book Trade: An Economic History (1939); William M. Sale, Jr., Samuel Richardson: Master Printer (1950); H. R. Plomer's three Dictionaries of Booksellers and Printers; James Sutherland's edition of The Dunciad in the Twickenham Pope; George F. Papali's unpublished doctoral dissertation "The Life and Work of Jacob Tonson" (London, 1933); and Peter Murray Hill, who lent me his unpublished paper "Two Augustan Booksellers: John Dunton and Edmund Curll."


Alfred B. Beaven, The Aldermen of the City of London (1908, 1913), II, 101, 125, 130, 131.


E.g. Edmond Werdet, Histoire du Livre en France, 5 vols. (Paris, 1861-2); André Brulé, Les Gens de Lettres ("La Vie au Dix-Huitième Siècle," Paris, 1928); Jean-Alexis Néret, Histoire Illustrée de la Librairie Paris, 1953). David T. Pottinger's excellent The French Book Trade in the Ancien Regime 1500-1791 (1958) appeared too late to be used in this paper.


Bodleian Library, Rawl. mss. D 72, f. 66.


See the M.A. thesis "The Firm of Lintot" by Marjorie W. Barnes (London, 1942).