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A History of Booksellers, the Old and the New. By Henry Curwen. With Portraits and Illustrations. (Chatto & Windus.) THAT the history of booksellers, or rather of the British booksellers, should not have been taken up before is a matter of some surprise. The volume in which it is now in part treated rather offers materials for a history than contains the history itself. The compilation is a readable volume, in which we are conducted along many a well-trodden road. After incidents of trade, we come upon biographies of publishers, with statistics of prices, details of good or bad luck, and occasional traits of heroism on the part of men who started with nothing but honesty and courage, and who conquered fortune by perseverance. For these details Mr. Curwen has found solid and ample materials in that excellent trade publication, the Bookseller, the establishment of which, and that of the Shilling Almanack, will, doubtless, be told in some future history of the modern house of Whitaker. It is to be regretted that in compiling the early history of the English "Stationers," Mr. Curwen did not go a little further a-field out of the beaten track. If he had only, for example, turned over Anstey's 'Monum-Academ: Documents Illustrative of Academical Life and Studies at Oxford,' he would have found something new regarding the old English stationers in the time of Henry the Sixth, in whose reign the "picturedealer" was not entirely unknown. Limners then painted for the stationers, just as some artists now do for the dealers. The parties quarrelled then, as now; and, in the earlier period, the stationer kept the limner up to his "collar" more stringently, perhaps, than a dealer could do at the present time. In the year 1445, one of these stationers in Oxford, John Godsond, commissioned a certain John Coneley to limn the illustrations in books sold by the first John. Coneley was probably a genius, for, after accepting the commission, he would work only when, where, and in what fashion he liked. He resented interference or inspection on the part of the stationer, and as for carrying his work home when finished, Godsond might come for it, send for it, or leave it! The two men were speedily at loggerheads. The dispute defied the powers of the arbitrators; and the Chancellor himself was obliged to take the matter in hand! The victory was substantially for the stationer, Poor Coneley was bound to paint pictures in Godsond's books "well and faithfully." The engagement was to hold good for a year; Coneley was not to paint for any other dealer within that time, and his reward was to be "four marks and ten shillings of the good and lawful money of England." In obedience to other equally stringent and unsatisfactory restrictions, the artist might be seen going down to Godsond's station in Oxford, and receiving his materials, parchment and colours, from the detested dealer's hands. At stated intervals, the artist carried his pictorial work home; where groups of connoisseurs, amateurs, and others looked at the result of the artist's labour, and praised, censured, or
passed it over in silence. How he had used as never any king's table but that of the
Not only has Mr. Curwen not gone to hitherto
In speaking of the booksellers' trade sales, Mr. Curwen says that, at the close of the century, they were held at the Horn Tavern in Doctors' Commons, and were preceded by a luxurious dinner, when the bottle and the jest went round merrily, and the competition was heightened by wine and laughter. It was at one of these trade-sale dinners that the late Mr. Tegg heard Alderman Cadell give the then famous toast, "The booksellers' four B's, Burns, Blair, Buchan, and Blackstone," which indicated the books that were sold in the greatest numbers. Trade-sale dinners did not cease with the last century. They are, perhaps, not so numerous as of old, but the trade dinners of Mr. Murray and Mr. Bentley are royal banquets, in the best sense of that qualifying
But the great publishers have been famous for hospitality in another direction, on which matter we will say a few words.
The custom of combining a dinner with