Notable New Biblio-Books

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Book Makers - British Publishing in the Twentieth Century.jpgTwo recent books may be of interest to book collectors, dealers, and historians. Book Makers: British Publishing in the Twentieth Century was just released by the British Library. In the press release, the author, Iain Stevenson, commented:

“Publishing people are fascinating, interesting, occasionally horrifying and astounding.  This book shows that their contribution to twentieth century British history and intellectual life was enormous and my research has forced reassessments of people like Robert Maxwell and Allen Lane as well as re-introducing many lesser-known individuals whose roles were important in shaping what we read.”

The pub details: Book Makers: British Publishing in the Twentieth Century by Iain Stevenson, Hardback, 336 pages, 244 x 172 mm, £25.00. It can be purchased from the British Library Shop (tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7735 / e-mail: bl-bookshop@bl.uk) and online as well as other bookshops throughout the UK.

herrmann-lexique-glossary.jpgAnother just-issued title will be of particular interest to Francophiles -- it’s a new English-French, French-English glossary of terms by Roland Herrmann. From the press release: “More complete, more precise, more realistic than anything that exists so far, it contains approx. 1300 entries each way. A handy and elegant volume, it will prove of considerable help in your understanding and/or drafting of book descriptions.”

Available at: Librairie de l’Amateur, Strasbourg (France), or e-mail: libamat@wanadoo.fr. Price 23 € plus postage. 

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From yesterday's Guardian newspaper, an audio slideshow about publishing from Allen Lane to Paul Hamlyn by Iain Stevenson, author of the new book, Book Makers: British Publishing in the 20th Century (British Library). It's about two minutes in length, ... Read More

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