LONDON BOOKSELLERS AND AMERICAN CUSTOMERS
Transatlantic Literary Community and the Charleston Library Society, 1748-1811

JAMES RAVEN
522pp ILLUS 2002 OUT OF PRINT E272

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£14.95

Description
This history of the Charleston Library Society's book purchasing activities offers both a window into the transatlantic book trade during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and a chronicle of this early library's influence on southern culture. Raven reveals how the Charleston library grew into an effective force for the pursuit of intellectual and scientific interests and the confirmation of the political power of South Carolina's planter elite. His study features an annotated edition of the 'Charles Town Library Society Letterbook, 1758-1811', a rare surviving set of correspondence written to London booksellers. These letters document the processes of colonial book ordering and transit, including the types of literature requested, methods of financing undertaken and time required for receipt of shipments. Raven tracks changes in eighteenth-century publishing and reveals how important but exasperating the overseas market was for leading London booksellers.