31 December 2015


Exeter Working Papers in Book History
Key to pages on the web site

This website contains biographical, bibliographical and historical information on book history, particularly for the later eighteenth century.

Main sections
British Isles - London - Devon - Other British counties and nations - France (Basse-Normandie etc) - Germany (Bertuch etc) - Other European countries
Numerical list of working papers - Abbreviations and references

Project 1781: charting the European book trades on the eve of the French Revolution, based on Antoine Perrin's Almanach de la librairie. Pages from this project are listed under individual countries.

British Isles
1700-1890. Printers of popular literature. 1. Provinces.
1700-1990. Ballad printers. Baring-Gould ballad collection: analysis of imprints.
1710-1777. Book trade masters. Introduction. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I-J, K, L, M, N-O, P-Q, R, S, T-V, W-Z.
1710-1777. Book trade apprentices. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I-K, L, M, N-O, P-Q, R, S, T-V, W-Z.
1731-1806 Book trade bankrupts. Introduction and names A-Z
1775-1787. Book trade insurance policies. Introduction. Names: A-B, C-D, E-G, H-L, M-Q, R-S, T-Z.
1781. British Isles. Book trade personnel. Project 1781.
1781-1819. British national directories: an index to places
- Introduction. Places: A-B C-D, E-K L-O P-S T-Y
1784-1811. National directories: an analyis of book trade personnel
- Introduction. Localities: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I-K, L, M, N-O, P, R, S, T-U, W-Y.
1880-2000. Monumenta chartae papyraceae cloacales historiam illustrantia. List of firms 1880-2000
1900-2010. Collectanea cloacopapyrologica. Exhibits from the Maxted Collection of Cloacopapyrology.
- 1. Sheets inscribed by manufacturers or institutions
- 2. Pictorial and humorous items
- 3. New and revised list of Drayton Mill toilet papers, c.1900.

London (*Listings to be amalgamated)
1505-1800. Devon imprints [to add]
1550-1890. Printers of popular literature. 2. London.
1682-1697. Lapthorne, Richard. Correspondence with Richard Coffin of Alwington regarding book purchases
1710-1800. County listing* [to add]
1735-1775. London directories and Musgrave's obituary* Introduction & A-Z
1750-1820. Victor Berch London newspaper extracts.* Introduction.
- Names: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, T, U-V, W-Z.
1775-1800. London book trade personnel. A checklist of members. Introduction.
- Names: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I-K, L, M, N-O, P-Q, R, S, T, U-V, W-Z.
1775-1800. London book trade personnel. A topographical guide. Introduction.
- Streets: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I-K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T-Z.
1785 London Coffee houses [to add]
1811. Holden's London directory. Names A-B [in progress]
1817. Underhill's London directory. Names A-C [in progress]
1859-1863. Cassells Family Bible: index of engravers and artists. Introduction & names A-Z
1890. Such. Baring-Gould and the Such catalogue of songs, c.1890.

0-2000. Book history. A history of the book in Devon. 10. Contents and introduction.
21. Early evidence of literacy.
22. Saxon Devon.
23. Exeter Cathedral Library.
24. Libraries on the eve of the Reformation.
25. Medieval Devon scholars.
25a. Some medieval Devon private libraries.
26. Education and literacy in medieval Devon.
31. The earliest printing in Devon.
32. The book trade in the early period of printing.
33. The Reformation in Devon.
34. The establishment of the Exeter book trade.
35. Books and readers in the 17th century.
36. Printing in 17th century Exeter.
37. Disruption and recovery.
38. The structure of the 17th century book trade in Exeter.
41. The provincial press and the origins of the local newspaper.
42. A good face of learning.
43. Controversies in print.
44. Jobbing work and advertisements.
45. The market for books in the 18th century.
46. Libraries and readers.
47. The spread of printing.
48. Popular literature in the eighteenth century.
49. Spreading the word: postboys, hawkers and billposters.
51. The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.
52. Tourism and topographical views.
53. Some Exeter businesses of the early 19th century.
54. The newspaper in the age of reform.
55. The move to self-improvement.
56. Couchers and layers: the paper industry in mid nineteenth century Exeter.
57. Some scholars in the book trades.
58. Libraries in the early 19th century .
61. The printer's repertoire.
62. The spread of the newspaper.
63. The development of scholarly publishing.
64. Booksellers in a time of change.
65. The public library.
71. Survivors and failures.
72. Booksellers since World War 2.
73. Antiquarian booksellers in post-war Exeter.
74. Libraries since World War 2.
75. Publishers and grey literature.
76. The newspaper since 1945.
77. The alternative press in Devon.
78. The death of the book?
81. Bibliography and references.
1505-1800. Books with Devon imprints : a handlist to 1800. Introduction.
- Imprints: 1505-1674, 1675-1699, 1700-1704, 1705-1709, 1710-1714, 1715-1719, 1720-1729, 1730-1739, 1740-1749, 1750-1759, 1760-1764, 1765-1769, 1770-1779, 1780-1781, 1782-1784, 1785-1786, 1787-1789, 1790, 1791-1792, 1793-1794, 1795-1797, 1798-1800, printed forms.
1549-1890. Broadside ballads. Devon printed broadsides.
1549-1890. Broadside ballads. Listing. Broadside ballads with Devon content.
1660-1870. Printmakers [to add]
1716-1860. Broadside ballads listing. Broadside ballads by Devon printers.
1704-2004. Devon Newspaper bibliography. Devon newspaper bibliography, 1704- 2004
1738-1769. Devonshire colic controversy. Cider and eighteenth century evidence based healthcare: a Devon pamphlet war
1799-1873. Printing press register [to add]
1914 Devon reading rooms. Information from trade directories
2012-2014. Devon Bibliography : a listing of titles relating to the county. 2012, 2013 (Jan-Jul), 2014 (Jan-Mar).
2014 Digital archive
Devon digital archive
Devon book and paper trades : a biographical dictionary. Introduction.
Abbotskerswell, Ashburton, Axminster, Bampton, Barnstaple, Bideford, Bovey Tracey, Bradninch, Brixham, Broadclyst, Buckfastleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Chudleigh, Chulmleigh, Colyton, Cornwood, Crediton, Cullompton, Dartmouth, Dawlish, Dunsford, Exeter: 1718-19, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I-L, M, N-Q, R, S, T-V, W-Y, Exmouth, Exwick, Harford, Holsworthy, Honiton, Horrabridge, Huxham, Ilfracombe, Ivybridge, Kentisbeare, Kingsbridge, Lustleigh, Lynton, Millbrooke (now in Cornwall), Modbury, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot, Newton St. Cyres, North Tawton, Oakford, Okehampton, Ottery St. Mary, Paignton, Pilton, Plymouth: A-D, E-K, L-R, S-Z, Plympton, Rewe (and Upexe), Salcombe, Seaton, Shaldon, Shaugh Prior, Shebbear, Shirwell, Sidbury, Sidmouth, Silverton, South Brent, South Molton, Starcross, Stoke Canon, Tavistock, Teignmouth, Tiverton, Topsham, Torquay, Torrington, Totnes, Uffculme, Upton Pyne, Winkleigh, Yealmpton

1505-1800. The Devon book trades : imprint registers. Introduction and topographical and chronological key
Printed forms
Exeter. Miscellaneous
Exeter. Barker and Bill
Exeter. B., J (John Bringhurst?)
Exeter. Besley
Exeter. Bishop
Exeter. Bliss
Exeter. Brice
Exeter. Brocas
Exeter. Darker
Exeter. Dight
Exeter. Drew
Exeter. Dyer
Exeter. Exeter Institutions
Exeter. Farley
Exeter. Grigg
Exeter. Hide
Exeter. Hooker
Exeter. Hunt
Exeter. M'Kenzie
Exeter. March
Exeter. May
Exeter. Mugg
Exeter. Pearce
Exeter. Score
Exeter. Spencer
Exeter. Thorn
Exeter. Tozer
Exeter. Trewman
Exeter. Woolmer
Exeter. Yeo
Newton Abbot
Plymouth Dock
South Molton
1660-1870 Devon topographical prints. The changing view of Devon through topographical prints
Alwington. Coffin, Richard. 1682-1697. Book trade references in the Lapthorne-Coffin correspondence. Introduction.
- Letters not from Richard Lapthorne: 1682-1683.
- Letters from Lapthorne: 1683, 1687, 1688, 1689, 1690, 1691, 1692, 1693, 1694, 1695, 1696, 1697.
Book sales, The Portledge sale catalogue of 1801, Books mentioned in the letters, Book trade personnel.

Exeter. 1587-1850. Maps. Early printed maps of Exeter
Exeter. 1855-2000. Book trades. Directory of names from a selection of trade directories
Exeter. Brice, Andrew. Andrew Brice, printer of Exeter: an agreeable biographical gallimaufry. Extracts from his writings in chronological order.
Exeter. Cathedral Library 1080-1516. Exeter Cathedral Library: concordance of the medieval catalogues and surviving manuscripts. Introduction
A. Bibles
B. Service books
C. Devotional works
D. Legal works
E. Classical writers
F. Church fathers
G. Later writers
H. Miscellaneous works
Exeter. Flindell. 1815. Newspaper readership in south West England: an analysis of the Flindell's Western Luminary subscribers list of 1815. Introduction.
- Subscribers: A-B, C-D, E-G, H-L, M-Q, R-S, T-Z, subscription list, correspondence of Thomas Flindell, notes on sources, index of occupations.
Exeter. Hart, Michael 1615. The inventory of Michael Harte, bookseller of Exeter, 1615. Introduction, images & transcript
Exeter. Medical Library. Extracts from minutes, 1814-15.
Exeter : Osborne, Thomas. Thomas Osborne, bookseller of Exeter: the little crawling pamphleteer.
Exeter Public Library. Exe-libris: gleanings from the shelves of Exeter Libraries.
1. An early riddle and Exeter's earliest library catalogue. The Exeter Book of Old English poetry (c.970).
2. Exeter Central Library’s incunable. Panormitanus de Tudeschis, Lectura super v. libris Decretalium (Basel: Johannes Besicken, 1480).
3. Devon's ship of fools. Alexander Barclay The ship of fooles, 2nd edition (London: John Cawood, 1570).

Lew Trenchard Baring-Gould, Sabine. Library. The library of Sabine Baring-Gould 1834-1924.
- An introduction to the collection with images of family bookplates.
1. Works by Baring-Gould.
2. Authors A-B.
3. Authors C-D.
4. Authors E-G.
5. Authors H-K.
6. Authors L-M.
7. Authors N-R.
8. Authors S.
9. Authors T-Z.

The collection of popular literature:
1. Chapbooks remaining in Devon
2. Volume of broadsides to be deposited in Devon Record Office
3. Volume of broadsides in the National Library of Wales
4. Volume of broadsides in John Rylands Library
5. Two volumes of broadsides in the British Library LR 32.b.19 vol. 1-2
6. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 1.1 & 1.2
7. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 2
8. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 3
9. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 4
10. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 5
11. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 6
12. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 7
13. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 8
14. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 9

English Counties
The British book trades: topographical listings. (EWP 15)
Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonhire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Westmorland, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire.

British nations
Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Channel Islands.

Paris. 1781. Project 1781.
Provinces. 1781. Project 1781.
Basse-Normandie Project 1781.

Basse-Normandie. Prosopographie des gens du livre. Listes de livres imprimés en Basse-Normandie et documents par ville.
Basse-Normandie. Documents, liste des gens du livre 1480-1870, gens du livre dans l'Almanach de la librairie, 1781.
Calvados. Liste provisoire des gens du livre 1701-1850 .
Alençon. Imprimés, documents.
Argentan. Documents.
Avranches. Imprimés, documents.
Bayeux. Imprimés, documents, gens du livre.
Caen. Documents: 1676-1789, 1759, 1778, 1783 (capitation), 1790, 1797.
Cherbourg. Imprimés.
Coutances. Imprimés, documents.
Douvres-la-Delivrande. Douvres-la-Delivrande: inventaires des livres saisis en 1786
Falaise. Imprimés, documents.
Honfleur. Imprimés.
Lisieux. Imprimés, documents.
Saint-Lô. Imprimés.
Sées. Imprimés, documents.
Valognes. Imprimés, documents.
Vire. Imprimés.

Bayeux. Bibliothèque du Chapitre. Bayeux: La Bibliothèque du Chapitre de Bayeux, colloque de Bayeux, 7-8 novembre 2013, organisé par la DRAC de Basse-Normandie et la Ville de Bayeux. Programme.
Bayeux. Bibliothèque du Chapitre. The Chapter Library of the Cathedral at Bayeux. An account of the conference held November 2013.
Un évêque de Bayeux et les imprimeurs au XVIIIe siècle. Draft version of the paper presented at the conference.
Bayeux. Bibliothèque du Chapitre. Shelflist of the collection of Bishop Pierre-Jules-César de Rochechouart held in the Chapter Library at Bayeux.
1. Vol. F2/20.
2. Vol. J 4° 01 - J 4° 03.
3. Vol. J 4° 04 - J 4° 05.
4. Vol. J 4° 06 - J 4° 12.
5. Vol. J 4° 13 - J 4° 23.
6. Vol. J 4° 24 - J 4° 29.
7. Vol. J 4° 31 - J 4° 33.
8. Vol. J 4° 34 - J 4° 37.
9. Vol. J 4° 38 - J 4° 39.
10. Vol. J 4° 40 - J 4° 41.
11. Vol. J 4° 42 - J 4° 45.
12. Vol. J 4° 46.
13. Vol. J 4° 47 - J 4° 50.
14. Vol. J 4° 51 - J 4° 57.
Bayeux, bibliothèque du chapitre : imprimeurs et libraires representes dans la Collection Rochechouart.

Ambert. Moulin Richard de Bas.
Lyon. Musee d'Imprimerie.

Project 1781.
Weimar. Bertuch. Bertuch: Weimar's literary midwife.
Weimar. Bertuch. Bertuch und England: Vorbild oder Nachklang.

Austria and Switzerland. Project 1781.
Netherlands. Project 1781.
Belgium. Antwerp. Plantin-Moretus Museum.
Scandinavia. Project 1781.
Italy. Project 1781.
Spain and Portugal. Project 1781.
Eastern Europe. Project 1781.
Hungary. Pecs. Library and Knowledge Centre. An account of the new building
Romania. Mamaia 2012. International Symposium. The book, Romania, Europe. A report on the sessions attended in Section 1: Des livres pour tous.
Romania. Bucharest. Metropolitan Library. Mamaia Mia!
America. Project 1781.
Africa. Project 1781 [to add]
Asia. Project 1781 [to add]

0. The London book trades 1775-1800: a preliminary checklist of members. 1977. xxxv,257p ; 28cm. ISBN 0-7129-0696-7 : £9.60. Lists about 4,000 individuals and firms. Originally published by Wm. Dawson, copies now available from Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History. It should be pointed out that an important pervasive error was caused by a fault in the computer typesetting program. The plus sign after certain dates was omitted throughout the book. This sign was used to indicate that a firm continued in business for an indefinite period after the last date checked, normally 1830. Its omission can be detected by the presence of an extra space between the date and any following punctuation. A similar error occurs with the equals sign, normally used in the combination ?=, meaning "possibly the same as". In the introduction a number of errors were not corrected after proof-reading.

1. The London book trades 1775-1800: a topographical guide. 1980. 16p: maps; 23cm + 5 microfiches (299 frames). ISBN 0-9507306-0-2. An address index to the previous work and to trade directories published between 1767 and 1774. Nine frames of corrections to the original work were included on the final fiche.

2. The British book trades 1710-1777 : an index of masters and apprentices recorded in the Inland Revenue registers at the Public Record Office, Kew. 1983. xii,141p; 30cm. ISBN 0-9507306-1-0. Lists 3150 apprentices bound to 1800 members of the book trades in London and the provinces. Arranged by master with indexes of apprentices and places.

3. The London book trades 1735-1775: a checklist of members in trade directories and in Musgrave's Obituary. 1984. iii,37p; 22cm. ISBN 0-9507306-2-9. Lists about 900 individuals and firms.

4. The British book trades 1731-1806 : a checklist of bankrupts. 1985. viii,36p ; 22cm. ISBN 0-9507306-3-7. Lists about 650 individuals and fims that went bankrupt during this period with and index of places in the provinces and streets in London.

5. Exeter Cathedral Library : a concordance of the medieval catalogues and surviving manuscripts. 1987. xvii,28p ; 30cm. ISBN 0-9507306-5-3. Parallel columns attempt to correlate the more than 600 titles listed in Bishop Leofric's donation list of 1080, inventories of 1327 and 1506 and surviving manucripts. Arranged in subject groupings with indexes of authors and donors.

6. Books with Devon imprints : a handlist to 1800. 1989. ix,219p ; 30cm. Notebook format. ISBN 0-9507306-7-X. Gives details of more than 1,200 items printed in Devon or with Devon distributors in the imprint including many ephemeral items. Arranged by date of publication with indexes by author, subject, place and proper name of subject.

7. The Devon book trades : a biographical dictionary. 1991. viii,286p ; 30cm. Notebook format. ISBN 0-9507306-6-1. Lists some 2,800 members of the book trades in Devon from earliest times to the mid nineteenth century. Arrangement is by place with name indexes.

8. The British book trades 1775-1787: an index to insurance policies. xiii,152p ; 30cm. Notebook format. ISBN 0-9512752-2-4. Lists 2250 Sun and Royal Exchange policies by personal name with indexes by place.

9. Newspaper readership in south west England: an analysis of the Flindell's Western Luminary subscription list of 1815. 1996. xii,92p : maps ; 30cm. ISBN 0-9512752-3-2. Reprints the 1695 names on the subscription list and attempts their identification. With indexes by place and trade and analysis on tables and in maps.

10. The London book trades of the later eighteenth century: biographical extracts from newspapers and other sources 2001. Based on material collected by Victor Berch of Brandeis University Library, this presents information on marriages, deaths, bankruptcies, partnerships, publications arranged alphabetically by family name.

11. Book trade references in the Lapthorne-Coffin correspondence 1683-1697, edited by Michael Treadwell and Ian Maxted. 2000. Transcripts of sections of the letters written by Richard Lapthorne, a bookseller in London, to Richard Coffin, book collector at Portledge in north Devon. With indexes of books mentioned, book trade personnel, book sales and concordances with the 1801 sale catalogue of the library at Portledge.

12. A history of the book in Devon. Covering two millennia of books, readers, libraries, newspapers and related topics in Exeter and Devon.

13. The inventory of Michael Harte, bookseller of Exeter, 1615. A facsimile and transcript of the document followed by an essay analysing the contents.

14. Andrew Brice, printer of Exeter: an agreeable biographical gallimaufry. References to the printer's life from his own writings and those of his contemporaries. An extended version of a paper given at the conference "Lives in print", London December 2001.

15. The British book trade: topographical listings. A series of pages on each county and country of the British Isles, gathering together stray notes on book trade members. The base data is a conflation of the content of working paper 2: the index of masters and apprentices, 1710-1777, working paper 4: the list of bankrupts 1731-1806 and working paper 8: the index to insurance policies 1775-1787, so the content relates chiefly to the 18th century. It is supplemented by references to sources such as Nichols and Timperley and newspaper references extracted by Victor Berch.
Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Surrey

16. Monumenta chartae papyraceae cloacales historiam illustrantia

17. Index of engravers and artists for Cassell's illustrated family Bible, 1859-63.

18. Friedrich Johann Justin Bertuch, 1747-1822

19. (formerly S2) British national directories 1781-1819: an index to places in the British Isles included in trade directories with general provincial coverage. 1989. viii,34p : map ; 30cm. ISBN 0-9512752-1-6. Indexes more than 1,000 localities covered by national directories like Bailey's or Holden's before the county series was published by Pigot in the 1820s.

20. The British book trades 1784-1811: an analysis of three national directories

21. The London book trades, 1817. 2006.

22. Early printed maps of Exeter. 2006.

23. Prosopographie des gens du livre en France: La Basse- Normandie 2008.

24. Devon newspaper bibliography, 1704-2004 2009.

25. Exe-libris: gleanings from the shelves of Exeter Libraries
1. An early riddle and Exeter's earliest library catalogue. The Exeter Book of Old English poetry (c.970).
2. Exeter Central Library’s incunable. Panormitanus de Tudeschis, Lectura super v. libris Decretalium (Basel: Johannes Besicken, 1480).
3. Devon's ship of fools. Alexander Barclay The ship of fooles, 2nd edition (London: John Cawood, 1570).

26. Project 1781: charting the European book trades on the eve of the French Revolution, based on Antoine Perrin's Almanach de la librairie.
France. Paris. 1781.
France. Provinces. 1781.
France. Lower Normandy. 1781.
Germany. 1781.
Italy. 1781.
Netherlands. 1781.
Spain and Portugal. 1781.
Austria and Switzerland. 1781.
Scandinavia. 1781.
Eastern Europe. 1781.
British Isles. 1781.

Special series:

S.1. Fifth seminar on the British book trade: report, Thomas Hall, University of Exeter 9 and 10 July, 1987. 1987. 61p : ill,map ; 30cm. ISBN 0-9512752-0-8. Not yet digitised.

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