A novel idea British booksellers and the transformation of the literary marketplace, 1745--1775

Amy Frances Larin
This thesis examines the central figures of the mid-eighteenth century book trade and places them within the broader historical moment by exploring booksellers as individuals in Hanoverian society as well as principal actors in the proliferation of printed material during the mid-century period. It argues that booksellers of the mid-eighteenth century were instrumental in cultivating the widespread fascination with books within Hanoverian society. During the mid-eighteenth century period, Britons enjoyed an unprecedented array of readily...
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