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Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century

Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century
Comprizing Biographical Memoirs of William Bowyer, Printer, F.S.A., and Many of his Learned Friends
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108074162

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  • In this nine-volume work, published between 1812 and 1815, the author and publisher John Nichols (1745–1826) provides biographical notes on publishers, writers and artists of the eighteenth century, and also gives 'an incidental view of the progress and advancement of literature in this kingdom during the last century'. (A shorter version had been published in 1782.) His subjects range from the publisher William Bowyer to Henry Fielding and Horace Walpole, and also include histories of individual publishing houses and of genres such as lexicography. Many of the authors dealt with are not remembered today, but the work remains a useful source of biographical material on authors and publishers at a period when many of the literary genres we take for granted, such as the novel, the autobiography and the analytical history, were first being developed.

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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108074162
    • length: 6710 pages
    • dimensions: 310 x 251 x 272 mm
    • weight: 8.4kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface to the first edition
    Preface to the second edition
    Typographical anecdotes of Mr Bowyer's press from 1699 to 1731
    1. Dr William Nicholls
    2. Rev. William Whiston
    3. Rev. Francis Peck
    4. Who was the author of Eikon Basilike?
    5. Original letters of Humfrey Wanley
    6. Two letters on the Paris Bible, at Cambridge
    7. Three Masters of St John's College, Cambridge
    8. Origins of the Free and Candid Disquisitions, 1749
    9. Rev. Dr Gloster Ridley
    10. Rev. Dr Philip Bearcroft
    11. Rev Dr Thomas Morell
    12. Rev. William Cole
    13. Additions and corrections. Volume 2: Annals of Mr Bowyer's press from 1732 to 1765
    Essays and illustrations, 1–18. Volume 3: Annals of Mr Bowyer's press from 1766 to 1777
    First publication of his memoirs and other works
    Memoirs of literary persons
    History of the Stationers' Company
    A list of their various benefactors
    Progress of selling books by catalogues
    Letters of Mr Daniel Prince
    Printers and booksellers
    Additions and corrections. Volume 4: Essays and illustrations 1–28. Volume 5: Essays and illustrations, 1–17. Volume 6: Account of the Gentlemen's Society at Spalding
    List of members
    History of the Peterborough Society
    Letters on the origin of the Society of Antiquaries in London
    Memoirs of literary persons
    Brief memoirs of the author of these volumes
    Additions and corrections. Volume 7: Advertisement
    List of subscribers
    Index. Volume 8: Advertisement
    Anecdotes. Volume 9: Advertisement

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    John Nichols

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