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The Print Networks conference series, formerly the British Book Trade History Seminar Series was founded by the late Professor Peter Isaac (Newcastle), an engineer by trade, but with a passion for exploring the history of the provincial book trade in Britain. His intention was to highlight the neglected area of the history of those who plied their trade outside of London.
Professor Isaac was also instrumental in the establishment of the British Book Trade Index. Early seminars were by invitation only, but in recent years the conference has expanded to become the place to debate provincial book trade history. Intellectual rigour is matched by a friendly atmosphere, welcoming to postgraduates and independent scholars as well as practitioners of the book trade and academics. We welcome you to the Print Networks family; please register to join our mailing list and hope to see you at our annual conferences in the near future.
On a recent visit to St Andrews in Scotland, I came across the bookshop of J & G Innes. The signage outside of the shop shows that it was once the office of the local newspaper, the St Andrews Citizen. Nearby is Holy Trinity Church where John Knox first preached in public in 1547.
‘The quintessence of the world’s wisdom’ for only 2d! The People’s Classicsaimed ‘to place in the hands of the masses, in attractive and handy form, at the cheapest price, the richest thoughts of the world’s greatest thinkers.’
the history of production, distribution and consumption of text and image in UK, Europe, the Americas, and the wider world
Programme for a pageant, presumably staged in London, under the auspices of the Alliance of Honour. The programme, priced at 6d., contains cast list, words for each tableau and a biographical or explanatory note about each of the characters or groups depicted.
Print Networks is delighted to announce the 2019 winner of the Peter Isaac prize for the best essay in the field of the History of the Book Trade in the Anglophone world.
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Hands on the archives in the Cadbury Research Library; Sue Thomas and Dan Wale look at the print culture of Radical Birmingham 1817-32.
Cathleen Baker talks about her ongoing research into the wove paper and typographical variants in John Baskerville’s Virgil (Birmingham, 1757).
In addition to its annual conference, Print Networks has a number of publishing activities. We publish edited volumes relating to our annual conference; issue Quadrat, a periodical bulletin of research in progress relating to the history of the British book trade; and, in order to support emerging researchers, we award a biennial prize for the best essay in the field of the history of the book trade in the Anglophone world.