London Booksellers and American Customers

London Booksellers and American Customers

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In 1994, James Raven encountered a letterbook from the Charleston Library Society detailing the ordering, processing, and shipping of texts from London booksellers to their American customers. The 120 letters, covering the period 1758-1811, provided unique material for understanding the business of London booksellers (for whom very little correspondence has survived) and Raven decided to publish an annotated edition of the letters. The letterbook, reproduced in its entirety, forms an appendix to the present volume, but Raven's study has blossomed from a relatively narrow examination of booksellers and their customers to a larger exploration of the role of books and institutions such as the Library Society in the formation of elite cultural identity on the fringes of empire. As a result, this meticulously researched book has much to offer scholars of gentry culture and community in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world as well as historians of the book--Publisher's Description.In fact, disruption was caused far less by formal military engagement (although convoys did sometimes pass through hostile waters) ... During the War of Independence and again 1812a€”1815, American privateers also harried British shipping. ... Many American newspaper advertisements for ships ready to take cargoesanbsp;...

Title:London Booksellers and American Customers
Author:James Raven
Publisher:Univ of South Carolina Press - 2002


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