The First John Murray and the Late Eighteenth-Century London Book Trade: With a Checklist of His Publications
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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Thirtytwo Fleet Street at the Sign of the Ship
The EighteenthCentury Book Trade
Dealing with Authors
The London Trade
Trade Outside London
The Irish Trade
A Litigious and Disputatious Nature
The Politics of a Bookseller
A CHECKLIST OF MURRAY PUBLICATIONS 17681795 25 3
Index of Murray Publications
Diversity and Specialisation 15 3