A BOOKSELLER OF THE LAST CENTURY Being some Account of the Life of John Newbery, and of the Books he published, with a Notice of the later Newberys
1885·London and New York
by Welsh, Charles
London and New York: Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh; E.P. Dutton, 1885. First Edition. Octavo, xii,373 pages, with 8 black and white illustrations, including a facsimile that is a fold-out. The book is a thorough history of John Newbery ( 1713-1767) and his extraordinary -- and profitable -- venture in the realm of children's book publishing in England. Besides biographical and historical material about the Newberys, including his son Francis, there are massive lists, alphabetical and chronological, of books published by the company between 1740 and 1800. Light scattered foxing on preliminary and last leaves,otherwise clean and unmarked in any way. A very good to fine copy in an as-new modern binding of green cloth and a grey cloth spine with a printed paper spine label, new endpapers. It is an unusually interesting copy, because of the signature on a blank leaf of "Jessie Carson / New York City / 1915". Jessie Carson was a children's librarian at the New York Public Library who went to France after the end of World War I, under the aegis of the American Committee for Devastated France, to develop public libraries for children there. She became well-enough known that a book (brief, but still a book!) was written about her: "L'oeuvre Française d'une bibliothécaire américaine, Miss Jessie Carson", by Ernest Coyecque, a French librarian and archivist. (Inventory #: 7027)
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