Pollard ([Henry] Graham), 1903-1976

The English market for printed books (Sandars Lectures 1959)

[Oxford or London], [the Author], 1959
(33 cm), 44 leaves. Photocopy of typescript. Spiral binding, plain orange card cover. - A survey of the mechanics of bookselling from Caxton’s time until 1914, a text of Graham Pollard’s four Sandars lectures, treating respectively the rise of the wholesale trade, the establishment of the London monopoly, the share-book system (the Congers of the 18th-century bookselling scene), and the emergence of publishers who dealt direct with retailers and consequent decline of the wholesalers. This is an early photocopy of a cyclostyled document which had limited circulation (copies in Cambridge University Library, 850.a.12; and British Library, Ac.2660.m.15), until Pollard’s death (1976), after which it was published as “The English Market for Printed Books” in Publishing History, volume 4 (1978), pp.7-48. David McKitterick, The Sandars and Lyell Lectures: a checklist (New York 1983), p.27. ¶ In good condition.