- New York: The Bibliographical Society of America, 1993.
- x, 256, (6).
- ISBN: 0914930168
Price: $50.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 44033
This volume contains twenty-nine studies on the 18th-century London book trade, centering on the work of two of its leading members, printers William Bowyer, father and son. Twenty-seven pieces are reprinted from publications issued over a period of more than 40 years from places such as Cambridge, England; Canberra, Australia; Dunedin, Otago and Charlottesville, Virginia. Coming from prolonged concentration on a great new scholarly resource, these pieces have led to the massive edifice of the Maslen-Lancaster edition of The Bowyer Ledgers. The scope of the Ledgers, published in 1991, can be suggested by the 5,179 items of its "Checklist of Bowyer printing, 1710-1777" and the 136 double-column pages of its "Index of Names and Titles." The "Introductory Commentary" to The Bowyer Ledgers confronts the ledgers as a comprehensive record of 70 years of productivity and guides the reader through their complexity. This collection reprints articles published prior to the publication of The Bowyer Ledgers, as well as four since published. In addition, a "Supplement" to the "Bowyer Ornament Stock" of 1973 is included for the first time and presents 20 printer's ornaments and initials used early in the career of the older Bowyer or at the very end of the son's life. Also, unpublished until now, a note on the younger Bowyer's partnership with James Emonson, 1754-57, is included in the Appendix. Distributed for The Bibliographical Society of America by Oak Knoll Press.