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Literary Ancedotes of the Eighteenth Century

Comprizing Biographical Memoirs of William Bowyer, Printer, F.S.A. and Many of his Learned Friends.

Volumes I, II and VII

By John Nichols, F.S.A.

1812 - London - Nichols, Son, and Bentley

9" by 5.5", xvi, 712; iii, 732; 720pp plus plates

 

DETAILS

Three bright volumes of the scarce Literary Ancedotes of the Eighteenth Century.

Bound in leather with gilt lettering and decoration.

Volumes I, II and VII.

Scarce.

John Nichols, 1745 1826, was an English printer and author. Nichols was apprenticed in 1757 to William Bowyer, whom he eventually succeeded. On the death of his friend and master in 1777 he published a brief memoir, which afterwards grew into the Anecdotes of William Bowyer and his Literary Friends. Nichols co-operated with Abraham Farley in the production of the 1783 edition of Domesday Book. He assisted in printing and proof-reading the text, and also designed the special typeface that was to be used.

 

William Bowyer, 1699 1777, was an English printer. Educated at St Johns College, Cambridge, Bowyer later became a partner in his fathers business. In 1729 he was appointed printer of the votes of the British House of Commons, and in 1736 printer to the Society of Antiquaries, of which he was elected a fellow in 1737. In 1761 Bowyer became printer to the Royal Society, and in 1767 printer of the rolls of the House of Lords and the journals of the House of Commons.

Bowyer wrote a great many tracts and pamphlets, edited, arranged and published a host of books, but perhaps his principal work was an edition of the New Testament in Greek, with notes.

  

CONDITION

The bindings are tight and firm. The hinges are just starting but perfectly firm. There is some wear to the extremities, including some bumping and rubbing, with some slight loss to the leather. Internally the pages are bright, with very occasional mild spotting that becomes more prominent on the first and last couple of pages. There are institutional labels on the front pastedown of each volume. Overall the condition is very good.  

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