Shadows of the Old Booksellers

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byCharles Knight

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. JOHN DUNTON. N a copy of verses prefixed to 'The Life and Errors' of John Dunton--which poem is entitled 'The Author's Speaking Picture, drawn by Himself, in 1705,' there is the following couplet:--"I love to know the inside of a man, Let who will gaze o' th' shadow of him then." I must be content to gaze on the shadow of this man, without too much regard to his moral or intellectual peculiarities. These procured for him the name of a "lunatick" among his contemporaries. Warburton described him as "an auction bookseller and an abusive scribbler;" and the elder D'Israeli notices him as "a cracked-brain scribbling bookseller, who boasted he had a thousand projects, fancied he had methodised six hundred, and was ruined by the fifty he executed." And yet, in spite of all this, I must call up the shadow of John Dunton to say something for himself, and to usher in other shadows of his contemporaries--booksellers, printers, authors, journalists, licensers of the press--around whom he has gathered many illustrations of the literary history of the time from James II. to G-eorge II., which I should in vain look for in the graver records of a sober bibliographer. So I wade, for the third or fourth time, through a volume of seven hundred pages, vilely printed upon the most wretched paper, whose title-page is itself emblematic of the "inside of the man," as setting forth not only his "life and errors," but his "idea of a new life;" his "discoveries made in his travels already, and in his private conversation at home;" together with "the lives and characters of a thousand persons now living in London, &c." This volume, "written by himself in solitude," was published by R. Malthus, in 1705, and was reprinted by Mr. John Bowyer Nichols, in 1817. John Dunton'...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. JOHN DUNTON. N a copy of verses prefixed to 'The Life and Errors' of John Dunton--which poem is entitled 'The Aut...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217989853

ISBN - 13:9780217989855

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