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By Thomas Rees, John Britton

This quantity brings jointly vast memories of authors, publishers, auctioneers and booksellers from 1779 to 1853, in keeping with the author's own acquaintance with the favourite writers, artists and booklet publishers of the interval. The ebook is in 3 sections, each targeting a given quarter of London and the literary scene targeted upon it. they're Paternoster Row, Fleet highway and The Strand. realization is paid to diverse different types of e-book, reminiscent of the early magazines, during which books have been released by way of instalments, and to key personalities. there's additionally certain history to a couple of an important publishing homes, reminiscent of Longman, and works which have been thought of pivotal to their good fortune, equivalent to 'Rees' Cyclopaedia' and the 'Annual Review'. Engagingly written from a private viewpoint, this ebook can be of worth to historians of literature and publishing, and others attracted to London's literary prior.

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The event was at a time when Bibliomania was raging in London,—when certain noblemen and gentlemen were in the habit of attending sales, and competing for large and tall-paper books, and for rare copies, many of which nad become so from their worthlesseness. A remarkable Catalogue, called "Bibliotheca Anglo-Poetica," of the Griffiths, a Hill library, was prepared in 1816 by clerk in Longman's house, and secured much praise from the book-buyers, and the learned in black-letter lore, for the knowledge and tact it manifested.

Though expensively fitted up and furnished, it was wholly devoid of the elegancies of high life, and exhibited more ostentatious finery and show than classical or simple beauty. Its walls were, however, amply covered with paintings, drawings, and prints. Alexander Hogg, who lived next door to Cooke, formed his literary schemes on the model 28 PATERNOSTER ROIV, ETC. of his neighbour. His publications were chiefly religious, and issued in weekly sixpenny numbers. The principal were, a "Bible with Annotations/' by the Rev.

Pinkerton also prepared a large "General At- LITERARY LONDON. las," a well-executed folio volume; and, more especially, a "Collection of Voyages and Travels," in sixteen quarto volumes, with prints by the Cookes and others. These large and costly works were the joint property of Longman and Co. and Cadell and Davies. Pinkerton was a singular and degraded man. I (Britton) was made too well acquainted with him for my own reputation and for my own domestic comforts. He rented, and occupied, for a short time, a house, No.

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