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I recently attended the fifth International Symposium: the book, Romania, Europe, which was held in Mamaia from 24 to 26 September. I delivered a paper and attended lectures in section 1: Des livres pour tous. A report on the presentations attended has been placed on the website.
Libraries in Exeter contain a wealth of cultural artefacts, many of which were highlighted in a pre-millennium exhibition From script to print to hypertext, held in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in 1999. To build on this interest I have started a series of occasional articles Exe-libris, based in part on presentations made to a book club which meets in Exeter Central Library.
William Sancho, black bookseller. A recent enquiry from Dublin has led me to gather information on this interesting figure, the son of the better known Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) who rates an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The updated entry can be seen at London 1775-1800: S. Although he is now known not to be active until after 1800 I have retained his entry in this section of the database.
Printers of popular literature. I have started to contribute entries to the database being compiled by Steve Roud for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The timescale is from the sixteenth to the end of the nineteenth centuries, so it will go beyond my normal closure date of the 1850s for the provinces and 1800 for London. The index, which is in its early stages but already has more than 400 entries can be accessed on the website of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.
Sabine Baring-Gould Library. I have been working on a database of some 6,000 records which gathers together surviving items in the library of this polymath Devon squarson. As it is based on a series of brief listings of items in several locations I am reluctant to make it more generally available at present. In parallel with this I am attempting to list the several thousand broadsheets which were once owned by Baring-Gould but are now dispersed in a number of collections, most notably the British Library, which hold twelve volumes of them. I have put together an introduction at Baring-Gould Library on this website.
The British book trades 1710-1777: an index of masters and apprentices. (EWP 2)
Masters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I-J, K, L, M, N-O, P-Q, R, S, T-V, W-Z.
Apprentices: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I-K, L, M, N-O, P-Q, R, S, T-V, W-Z.
The British book trades 1731-1806 : a checklist of bankrupts. (EWP 4)
Introduction & names A-Z
Monumenta chartae papyraceae cloacales historiam illustrantia (EWP 16)
List of firms 1880-2000
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.
The London book trades 1735-1775 : a checklist of members. (EWP 3)
Introduction & names A-Z
The London book trades, 1811.
Names A-B [in progress].
The London book trades, 1817. (EWP 21)
Names A-C [in progress].
The London book trades, 1817. (EWP 21)
Names A-C [in progress].
Index of engravers and artists for Cassell's illustrated family Bible, 1859-63
Introduction & names A-Z
The Devon book and paper trades : a biographical dictionary. (EWP 7)
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
Books with Devon imprints : a handlist to 1800. (EWP 6)
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.
Devon reading rooms, 1914.
Information from trade directories
Devon newspapers. (EWP 24)
Devon newspaper bibliography, 1704-2004
A history of the book in Devon. (EWP 12)
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.
Exeter book trades 1855-2000 : a directory
Names from a selection of trade directories
Exeter Cathedral Library: concordance of the medieval catalogues and surviving manuscripts. (EWP 5)
B. Service books
C. Devotional works
D. Legal works
E. Classical writers
F. Church fathers
G. Later writers
H. Miscellaneous works
The inventory of Michael Harte, bookseller of Exeter, 1615. (EWP 13)
Introduction, images & transcript
Exeter maps. (EWP 22)
Early printed maps of Exeter
Book trade references in the Lapthorne-Coffin correspondence. (EWP 11)
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.
Andrew Brice, printer of Exeter: an agreeable biographical gallimaufry (EWP 14)
Extracts from his writings in chronological order.
Newspaper readership in south West England: an analysis of the Flindell's Western Luminary subscribers list of 1815. (EWP 9)
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.
Cider and eighteenth century evidence based healthcare:
a Devon pamphlet war.
Exeter Medical Library
Extracts from minutes, 1814-15.
The library of Sabine Baring-Gould 1834-1924
An introduction to the collection with images of family bookplates
Baring-Gould and the Such catalogue of songs, c.1890
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 [in course of compilation]
5. Two volumes of broadsides in the British Library LR 32.b.19 vol. 1-2 [in course of compilation]
6. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 1.1 & 1.2 [in course of compilation]
7. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 2 [in course of compilation]
8. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 3 [in course of compilation]
9. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 4 [in course of compilation]
10. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 5 [in course of compilation]
11. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 6 [in course of compilation]
12. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 7 [in course of compilation]
13. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 8 [in course of compilation]
14. Volume of broadsides in the British Library LR 271.a.2 vol. 9 [in course of compilation]
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.
Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Channel Islands.
Prosopographie des gens du livre en France: La Basse-Normandie (EWP 23)
Listes de livres imprimés en Basse-Normandie
Listes disponibles : Alençon, Avranches, Bayeux, Cherbourg, Coutances, Falaise, Honfleur, Lisieux, Saint-Lô, Sées, Valognes, Vire.
Basse-Normandie: liste provisoire des imprimeurs et libraires 1701-1850 1. Le Calvados
Basse-Normandie: les gens du livre dans l'Almanach de la librairie, 1781
Douvres-la-Delivrande: inventaires des livres saisis en 1786
Caen: les gens du livre dans la capitation de 1783
Friedrich Johann Justin Bertuch, 1747-1822 (EWP 18)
Pecs Library and Knowledge Centre
An account of the new building
ROMANIA International Symposium. The book, Romania, Europe (Mamaia, 2012). A report on the sessions attended in Section 1: Des livres pour tous.
International symposium, the book (2012)
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
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.
21. The London book trades,
22. Early printed maps of
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).
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