Dr Johnson's printer: the life of William Strahan
Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 1964
(22.5 cm), xiii, 225 pp., illustrations including 4 plates and genealogical table. Publisher’s boards, dust jacket. - Biography of the leading printer in Britain during the second half of the 18th century, the printer and friend of Johnson, Franklin, Gibbon, Hume, and a host of lesser authors. Several chapters shed light on the conduct of the book trade between England and the colonies before the American Revolution. “Three chapters are especially valuable. I have not read before so clear a description and explanation of the book trade in all of its eighteenth-century complexity as that found in the chapters entitled ‘Printing in the Eighteenth Century’ and ‘The Trade.’ An equally valuable chapter is ‘King’s Printer’” (from a review by Robert D. Harlan, in The Library Quarterly, volume 35, 1965, pp.194-195). Based on Strahan’s, business papers, letters and diaries (mostly in the British Library and Library of the American Philosophical Society). Originally published in London by Routledge and Kegan Paul. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.