Memoirs of the First Forty-five Years of the Life of James Lackington… In Forty-Six Letters to a Friend. With a triple dedication. 1. To the Public. 2. To respectable booksellers. 3. To sordid booksellers. A new edition, corrected, and much enlarged.

  • Lackington, James
  • London: Printed for the Author 1792
  • ESTC T140295.


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8vo, pp. 486 + frontispiece. Untrimmed in twentieth-century half sprinkled calf, marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments, brown morocco label. A little minor spotting. Extremities slightly rubbed, a touch of wear to spine in places.


The second edition, the year after the first, of the rambling first autobiography of the pioneering bookseller James Lackington (1746-1815); his 'Confessions' followed in 1804. At the time of this text he had not yet opened the 'Temple of the Muses' (motto: 'Cheapest Bookseller in the World') but was already issuing catalogues of 30,000 items and keeping prices low by refusing to issue credit to purchasers.

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