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American Literary Publishing in the Mid-nineteenth Century

American Literary Publishing in the Mid-nineteenth Century
The Business of Ticknor and Fields


Part of Cambridge Studies in Publishing and Printing History

  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521526661

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  • This is a study of some of the central questions in literary publishing in mid-nineteenth-century North America and Britain, addressed through examination of the unusually rich archives of a unique publishing firm. Boston-based Ticknor and Fields, one of the pre-eminent literary publishers of its time, enjoyed close links with Britain, and also developed new production, distribution, and marketing skills as the settlement of North America pushed ever further west. Michael Winship has studied the firm's business records and publications in detail: he reveals what Ticknor and Fields published, its costs of production, the ways it marketed and distributed its books, and the profits it made. Winship goes on to explore the implications of the firm's work for the book trade in general, and to show how an investigation of Ticknor and Fields enriches our understanding of the literary and cultural history of Britain and North America.

    • Revealing analysis of key period in British and American publishing history through detailed study of unique archive
    • Author is leading scholar in the field (recently appointed volume editor of CUP's History of the Book in America)
    • Strong addition to CUP's series on printing and publishing history
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521526661
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 41 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Publishing history and Ticknor and Fields
    2. The business records of Ticknor and Fields
    3. The publications of Ticknor and Fields
    4. Production and Ticknor and Fields: paper
    5. Production and Ticknor and Fields (cont.): binding
    6. Distribution and Ticknor and Fields
    7. The profits of Ticknor and Fields
    Appendix A. Distribution network of Ticknor and Fields in 1856
    Appendix B. Ticknor and Fields publications, 1858–9.

  • Author

    Michael Winship, University of Texas, Austin

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