The Edwardses of Halifax: The Making and Selling of Beautiful Books in London and Halifax, 1749-1826

By G.E. Bentley Jr.

© 2015

For three-quarters of a century, the Edwards family of Halifax were among Britain’s leading bookbinders, publishers, and antiquarian booksellers. The Edwardses of Halifax is the definitive account of the family business, begun by William Edwards in Halifax, Yorkshire, and expanded to London by his sons James and Richard. James, one of the most distinguished antiquarian book collectors and booksellers in Europe, scoured the Continent for rare books during the Napoleonic Wars and served as a secret agent for his friend Earl Spencer, the First Lord of the Admiralty. His brother Richard published an edition of Edward Young’s Night Thoughts with prints designed and engraved by William Blake, the most ambitious commercial work that Blake ever undertook.

A comprehensive history of this remarkable family, complete with illustrations of the family’s most important publications, The Edwardses of Halifax will be valuable for readers interested in the buying, selling, and collecting of antiquarian books and the publishing of illustrated books in late Georgian and regency eras.

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  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Illustrations: 22
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
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The Edwardses of Halifax is the definitive account of a family of Britain’s leading bookbinders, publishers, and antiquarian booksellers.

The Edwardses of Halifax: The Making and Selling of Beautiful Books in London and Halifax, 1749-1826

By G.E. Bentley Jr.

© 2015

For three-quarters of a century, the Edwards family of Halifax were among Britain’s leading bookbinders, publishers, and antiquarian booksellers. The Edwardses of Halifax is the definitive account of the family business, begun by William Edwards in Halifax, Yorkshire, and expanded to London by his sons James and Richard. James, one of the most distinguished antiquarian book collectors and booksellers in Europe, scoured the Continent for rare books during the Napoleonic Wars and served as a secret agent for his friend Earl Spencer, the First Lord of the Admiralty. His brother Richard published an edition of Edward Young’s Night Thoughts with prints designed and engraved by William Blake, the most ambitious commercial work that Blake ever undertook.

A comprehensive history of this remarkable family, complete with illustrations of the family’s most important publications, The Edwardses of Halifax will be valuable for readers interested in the buying, selling, and collecting of antiquarian books and the publishing of illustrated books in late Georgian and regency eras.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Illustrations: 22
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    “With characteristic thoroughness and attention to detail, G.E. Bentley, Jr has compiled an extensive history of the Edwards family business in the book trade of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and an exhaustive catalog of books they published. The Edwardses of Halifax unquestionably stands alone as a study of the lives and works of this important bookselling and publishing dynasty.”


    Dennis Read, Department of English, Denison University

    The Edwardses of Halifax will be an immensely valuable resource for bibliographers, book historians, and scholars of the eighteenth century and Romantic era.”


    Wayne Ripley, English Department, Winona State University
  • Author Information

    G.E. Bentley, Jr is a professor emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Toronto and the author of more than thirty books.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Genealogy: Edwards of Halifax

    Genealogy: Edwards of Northowram

    PART I: WILLIAM EDWARDS, Paterfamilias

    PART II: JAMES EDWARDS, the Medicean Bookseller

    1. The Medicean Bookshop and James Edwards’s Shop Catalogues 1784–1800

    2. Buying on the Continent and Selling at Auction 1786–1799

    3. James Edwards as a Publisher 1785–1800

    4. The Bookseller as Diplomat: James Edwards, Lord Grenville, and Earl Spencer in 1800

    5. Last Years

    PART III: RICHARD EDWARDS, Publisher of Church-and-King Pamphlets and of William Blake

    PART IV: THOMAS EDWARDS, An Important Provincial Bookseller

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