- New Castle, Delaware & Winchester, England: Oak Knoll Press & St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1998.
- small 8vo.
- Hardback printed covers.
- 230 pages.
- ISBN: 1884718604
- ISBN: 9781884718601
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First edition. Second volume of the series PRINT NETWORKS. More than a century has passed since W. H. Allnut's paper on provincial printing was presented at the meeting of the Library Association in 1878. This topic has now moved to the forefront of investigating the history of the book. The annual Seminar on the British Book Trade has been steadily developing the depth and breadth of its interests, encompassing the contemporary social, economic, educational, and cultural climates in which booksellers, printers, and their fellows operated.
Even today, few booksellers can support themselves solely by the sale of books. In the earlier days, this was even more true, and so they engaged in a wide range of trades, including selling stationery, printing, and the sale of nostrums. Newspapers were also important sources of income, since their distribution networks were essential to the proprietors' survival. For much of the population, street literature was particularly significant. Two aspects of these ephemera - their contribution to the "oral tradition," and their crude illustrations - are explored here. The last three papers deal with the fact that we have so much printed matter to study is partly due to predecessors who formed libraries for their own use or for a wider readership. All these themes and more are included and explored in this work.