A List of London Bookbinders, 1648-1815

A List of London Bookbinders, 1648-1815

A List of London Bookbinders, 1648-1815

A List of London Bookbinders, 1648-1815

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On 19 March 1946 I read a paper to the Bibliographical Society on 'London Bookbinders: Masters and Men, 1780-1840'. That address was based mainly upon a preliminary examination of the archives of the London Bookbinders' Branch of the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers. In a footnote to the printed version of the paper ( The Library , June 1946) it was stated that there was 'a book now in preparation' with the provisional title The London Bookbinder, 1750-1850 . By March 1947 the first half-dozen chapters were written. I was, however, dissatisfied at my lack of knowledge of the London bookbinding trade before 1780, the date at which the trade union material commences. A search for printed documents revealed that, for the kind of evidence I sought, they were pitifully few; nor could I relate, one to another, such miscellaneous pieces of information as could be found in them. It was suspected that sufficient source material might be available for the compilation of some sort of hand-list of London bookbinders, and that once made such a list would provide material for analysis, thus enabling a number of generalizations concerning the social and economic background of the trade to be proposed. There was, however, no idea of publishing this list of bookbinders, either as part of the London Bookbinder or separately. But at an early stage Mr. F. C. Francis, Honorary Secretary of the Bibliographical Society, saw my notes, and suggested that they might be 'worked up' for the benefit of other students. Hence this attempt at 'A List of London Bookbinders, 1648-1815', which was commenced in April 1947.

Suitable initial and terminal dates were not immediately apparent. At one time they were to be 1700-1830, but the decision to make them 1648-1815 was governed by the eventual discovery of new material. The sources of the information contained in this book are now described.

1. THE ARCHIVES OF THE STATIONERS' COMPANY

This collection of manuscript material represents a rich and largely unexplored quarry: particularly the Apprentice Registers and Calendars described below.

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