List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Note on currency; 1. A world for books; 2. Changes to books and the book trade; 3. Founding a new press; 4. Crownfield, authors and the book trade; 5. Crownfield's later years; 6. The mid eighteenth-century printing house; 7. Booksellers and authors; 8. Bentham and Bibles; 9. Baskerville and Bentham; 10. An age of ferment; 11. John Archdeacon; 12. John Burges; 13. Richard Watts and the beginning of stereotyping; 14. Hellenism and John Smith; 15. John Smith; 16. John Parker: London publisher and Cambridge printer; 17. Enterprise, authors and learning; 18. Partnership; 19. Macmillan; 20. Opening in London; Appendix; Notes; Index.
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