chapter
103 Pages

UCT

T his book, the history of a publisher's imprint, tells twoconnected stories: one about the personalities of a group of London publishers and the impression their characters made on the people who knew them: the other about a remarkable collection of books whose title pages bore those publishers' names over the course of four decades in the Victorian age. It is both a case study in nineteenth and early twentieth-century publishing and a contribution to the method and theory of the history of the book. l The intention is to demonstrate how that history, sometimes characterized as the study of authorship, reading and publishing,2 can benefit from a focus on the publishers whose purpose it was to bring together the demands ·of readers with the preoccupations of authors.