Publishing with Sir Richard Phillips
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Jeremiah Joyce's contact with Richard Phillips probably began through their mutual membership of the Society for Constitutional Information. Phillips employed many literary figures in his various projects under very harsh financial terms. Phillips's financial success in publishing educational works was largely due to his production of a range of related products. Some of Phillips's trade names were the names of living authors while others appear to be wholly fictitious. Joyce wrote Geography Illustrated on a Popular Plan and An Easy Grammar of General Geography, under the fictitious name of Reverend J. Goldsmith. Earlier Geographies centred exclusively on man and man's activities, whereas Goldsmith's used a more extended set of categories including national boundaries, air and soil. Goldsmith's Geographies embody elements of both the older tradition of polite education in which geographical knowledge was part of an accomplished liberal education, and the early nineteenth century concern for systematic learning.