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Memoirs of the First Forty-Five Years of the Life of James Lackington, the present Bookseller in Chiswell-street, Moorfields, London. Written by Himself. 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; interspersed with many original humourous Stories, and droll Anecdotes.
- Engraved frontis. port. of the author. 540 pp. 8vo, cont. red straight-grained morocco (slightly darkened), flat spine gilt, a.e.g. London: Printed for the Author, 1795. "A New Edition, Corrected and much enlarged; interspersed with many original humourous Stories, and droll Anecdotes, not in former Editions; to which is also added, an Index." Lackington (1746-1815), who started his business career at the age of ten as an itinerant meat pieman, became an apprentice shoemaker four years later. In 1773 he went to London and opened up a bookstall and shoemaker’s shop in Featherstone Street, St. Luke’s. His exceptional industry and frugality enabled him to become one of the leading booksellers of his time. In 1791 he calculated that he was selling about 100,000 volumes each year. His legendary shop at Finsbury Square in London was named "The Temple of the Muses." Lackington revolutionized the book trade by becoming the first bookseller to refuse to sell books on credit. His cash only approach allowed him to offer books less expensively. Lackington also refused to destroy or discard remaindered books and instead sold them at bargain prices. His memoirs are "the principal source of information about him; in addition to the particulars of his life, the work is full of curious anecdotes and many quotations from a wide range of authors."–ODNB. He retired in 1798 and engaged in a number of charitable activities. I believe this is the final edition to be revised by him. Fine copy, most attractively bound. Faint embossed stamp of a library on frontispiece and title with a small rubberstamp number on verso of title. Half-title lacking. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller Inc.]
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