The Earliest directory of the book trade by John Pendred (1785) : Edited with are introduction and an appendix by Graham Pollard (Supplement to the Bibliographical Society’s Transactions, 14)
London, Bibliographical Society, 1955
(23 cm), xxiii (1), 90 (2) pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - A directory of all members of the book trade in Great Britain and Ireland, a series of alphabetical lists of printers, engravers, type-founders, bookbinders, booksellers, etc., with their addresses, and often their specialities (music-sellers, wallpaper manufacturers, etc.). Only one copy is known of Pendred’s book (ESTC T181182; Bodleian Library, Vet. A5 g.5). The editor’s introduction gives an entertaining account of Pendred himself (he was a journeyman compositor and the author of some doggerel verse) and a critical account of his methods. “The volume concludes with an Appendix [pp.49-90] containing a detailed and exhaustive list of documents and books on which future research must be based, with locations of copies of all of them. Not for the first time, one is left astonished at and grateful for the range of Mr Pollard’s knowledge” (from a review by J.E. Norton in The Book Collector, Summer 1956, pp.187-188). ¶ Gift inscription on front endpaper. Excellent, unopened copy.