By John Richetti
Delivering essays at the diversity of English literature produced within the overdue 17th and eighteenth centuries, this assortment provides new historic views and significant techniques to the vintage authors and texts of the interval. ignored authors and subject matters, in addition to new and rising genres in the increasing print marketplace, are mentioned of their social and historic contexts. the quantity additionally contains a entire chronology and bibliographies.
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Nevertheless, it seems that a bookseller rarely turned down a book if financing were available, even though it is simply not known how many manuscripts of authors looking for booksellers’ support were refused. Negotiations over publication where the bookseller acted wholly or even in part as financing publisher are obscure. Few letters survive between first-time or even popular writers and booksellers, and refusals are rarely glimpsed. 50 The other possible alternatives were subscription schemes where booksellers also often acted as collecting agents.
45 See James Raven, ‘New Reading Histories, Print Culture, and the Identification of Change: The Case of Eighteenth-Century England’, Social History 23 (1998), 268–87. 31 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 ja m e s r av e n expenses ranged between a fifth and a third of total costs. 46 Most book editions therefore remained at about 750 copies, although booksellers of novels and library editions more confidently ventured the publication of small-run books in two or more volumes.
Credit terms allowed by booksellers to both trade and direct customers were, by modern standards, extraordinarily generous. An allowance of six months seems to have been quite normal, and some overseas customers expected eighteen months or even two years’ grace between order and the payment of an invoice. 48 What seems to have allowed greater diversification in trading practices from about the 1740s, despite the structural handicaps, was a deepening of money markets and the financial infrastructure.
The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660-1780 (The New Cambridge History of English Literature) by John Richetti