Print Networks: Publications

To buy any of the following publications please contact 

Barry McKay Rare Books, Kingstone House, Battlebarrow, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, CA16 6XT. 

(0)1768 352 282




Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Cambridge Scholars, 2015. (154mmx212), vii, 210p. 16 illustrations. Hardback, dust jacket.


  • Eryn M. White, The Bible and the book in early modern Wales 1546-1770
  • Caroline Archer & Barry McKay, A black letter volume from the home of the Roman letter: a Venetian Missale Romanum of 1597- a case study of the Archer copy.
  • Marja Smolenaars, Controversy, contraband and competition: religion and the Anglo-Dutch book trade in the seventeenth century
  • Cathy Shrank, Mis-en-page, “the author’s genius”, “the capacity of the reader” and the ambition of “a good compositor”
  • Keith Manley, They never expected the Spanish inquisition! James Kirkwood and Scottish parochial libraries
  • Toby Barnard, Print and confession in eighteenth-century Ireland
  • Philip Henry Jones, “Carrying fire in paper”: publishing Nonconformist Welsh sermons in the nineteenth century
  • Diana Patterson, Bindings as an indication of religious Dissent
  • Huw Owen, Calvinist Methodists and the visual cultural heritage of Wales.


HINKS, John, Catherine ARMSTRONG & Matthew DAY [Editors] PERIODICALS AND PUBLISHERS. The newspaper and journal trade 1740-1914. 

London: British Library, 2009. 8vo, (208x149mm), xii,251p. 13 illustrations and 9 distribution maps. Hardback, dustjacket. £25.00 (stock reference 16861)


  • Iain Beavan, Forever provincial? a North British lament.
  • Stephen Brown, The market trade for murder and Edinburgh’s eighteenth-century book trade.
  • Stephen Colclough, ‘The retail newsagents of Lancashire are on strike’: the dispute between the Lancashire retail newsagents and the 'Northern wholesalers’, February-September 1914.
  • Victoria Gardner, Humble pie: John Fletcher, business politics and the Chester Chronicle.
  • Graham Hogg, Latter struggles in the life of a provincial bookseller and printer: George Miller of Dunbar, Scotland.
  • Maire Kennedy, William Flyn (1740-1811) and the readers of Munster in the second half of the eighteenth century.
  • Jennifer Moore, John Ferrar 1742-1804: printer, author and public man.
  • Lisa Peters & Kath Skinner, Selling the news: distributing Wrexham’s newspapers 1850-1900.
  • Michael Powell & Terry Wyke, Manchester men and Manchester magazines: publishing periodicals in the provinces in the Nineteenth century.
  • Ria Snowdon, Sarah Hogdson and the business of print 1800-1822.
  • Elizabeth Tilley, National enterprise and domestic periodicals in nineteenth-century Ireland.


HINKS, John & Catherine ARMSTRONG [Editors] BOOK TRADE CONNECTIONS from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth centuries. 

London: British Library, 2008. 8vo, (208x149mm), 282p. Hardback, dustjacket. £25.00 (stock reference 16723)


  • John Feather, Others: some reflections on book trade history.
  • Angela McShane, Typography matters: brandishing ballads and gelding curates in Stuart England.
  • Susannah Randal, Newspapers and their publishers during the popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis.
  • Victoria Gardner, John White and the development of print culture in the North East of England, 1711-1769.
  • James Caudle, Young Boswell and the London stationers: the authorial collaboration of James Boswell with William Flexney, bookseller and Samuel Chandler, printer, 1763.
  • Johanna Archbold, Periodical reactions: the effect of the 1798 revellion and the 1800 Act of Union on the Irish monthly periodical.
  • Eddie Cass, The printing history of the peace egg chapbooks.
  • Paul Smith, The chapbook mummers plays: analysing ephemeral print traditions.
  • Frank Felstein, What middletown read: print netwroks in the nineteenth-century mid-west.
  • Lisa Peters, ‘Welsh obscurity to notoriety’ - Lloyd George, the Boer War, and the North Wales press.
  • Elaine Jackson, Sievier’s Monthly (1909): pseudonyms and readership in early twentieth century popular fiction.


HINKS, John & Catherine ARMSTRONG [Editors] WORLDS OF PRINT. Diversity in the booktrade. 

London: British Library & New Castle DE: Oak Knoll Books, 2006. 8vo, (217x152mm), xiv,240p, illustrations. Hardback, dustjacket. £25.00 (stock reference 14388)


  • Catherine Armstrong, ‘A just and modest vindication’: comparing the responses of the Scottish and English book trades to the Darien Scheme, 1698-1700.
  • Giles Bergel, William Dicey and the networks and places of print culture.
  • Stephen Brown, Scottish Freemasonry and learned printing in the later eighteenth century.
  • Sarah Miley Cooney, William Somerville Orr, London publisher and printer: The skeleton in W. & R Chambers’s closet.
  • Jane Francis, Changing perspectives in a journey through personal, parochial and schoolmasters’ libraries 1600-1750.
  • David L. Gants, Lists, inventories and catalogues: shifting modes of ordered knowledge in the early modern book trade.
  • Brian Hillyard, David Steuart and Giambattists Bodoni: on the fringes of the British book trade.
  • Caroline Viera Jones, A Scottish imprint: George Robertson and The Australian Encyclopaedia.
  • Wallace Kirsop, Cole’s Book Arcade: Marvellous Melbourne’s ‘Palace of Intellect’.
  • Lucy Lewis, Chapman and Myllar: the first printers in Scotland.
  • Nicole Matthews, Collins and the Commonwealth: publisher'’ publicity and the twentieth-century circulation of popular fiction titles.
  • Frederick Nesta, Smith, Elder & Co. and the realities of New Grub Street.
  • Michael Powell, Do the dead talk?: The Daisy Bank Printing and Publishing Company of Manchester.
  • David Shaw, Retail distribution networks in East Kent in the eighteenth century.
  • Jane Thomas, ‘Forming the literary tastes of the middle and higher classes’: Elgin’s circulating libraries and their proprietors, 1789-1870.
  • Noel Waite, The octopus and its silent teachers: A New Zealand response to the British book trade.


HINKS, John & Catherine ARMSTRONG [Editors] PRINTING PLACES. Locations of book production & distribution since 1500. 

New Castle: Oak Knoll Press; London: British Library, 2005. 8vo (217x150mm), xiv,208p. 9 illustrations. A fine copy in original hardback, dustjacket. £25.00 (stock reference 13684)


  • Catherine Armstrong, The bookseller and the pedlar: the spread of knowledge of the new world in early modern England, 1580-1640.
  • Iain Beavan, John Murray, Richard Griffin and Oliver & Boyd: some supplementary observations.
  • Stephen Brown, James Tytler’s misadventures in the late eighteenth century Edinburgh book trade.
  • Stephen Colclough, Station to station: the LNWR and the emergence of the railway bookstall, 1840-1875.
  • Alice Ford-Smith, Confessions: the midlands execution broadside trade.
  • David Hounslow, Self-interested and evil-minded persons: the book trade activites of Thomas Wilson, Robert Spence and Joseph Mawman of York and the Mozleys of Gainsborough.
  • Peter Isaac, John Murray II and Oliver & Boyd, his Edinburgh agents, 1819-1835.
  • Ian Jackson, The geographies of promotion: a survey of advertising in two eighteenth-century newspapers.
  • Graham Law, Imagined local communities: three victorian newspaper novelists.
  • Lucy Lewis, The Tavistock Boethius: one of the earliest examples of provincial printing.
  • K.A. Manley, Lounging and frivolous literature: subscription and circulating libraries in the west country to 1825.
  • Ian Maxted, The production and publication of topographical prints in Devon, c.1790-1870.
  • Lisa Peters, Medical advertising in the Wrexham press, 1855-1906.
  • David Stoker, Norwich ‘publishing'’in the seventeenth century.


McKAY, Barry, Maureen BELL & John HINKS [Editors]. LIGHT ON THE BOOK TRADE. Essays presented at the Nineteenth Seminar on the British Book Trade in honour of Peter Isaac. 

London: British Library; New Castle, DE.: Oak Knoll Press, 2004. 8vo, (218x150mm), viii,216p. illustrations. Laminated hardback boards. £25.00 (stock reference 9574)


  • Caroline Archer, Typography in nineteenth century children's readers: the Otley connection.
  • Iain Beavan, Staying the course: the Edinburgh cabinet library 1830-1844.
  • Margaret Cooper, Influential and mysterious: the career of Septimus Prowett bookseller, publisher and picture dealer.
  • Diana Dixon, Paths through the wilderness: recording the history of provincial newspapers in England.
  • John Feather, The history of the provincial book trade: a research agenda.
  • John Gavin, Literary institutions in the Lake counties Part 4: catalogues.
  • R.J. Goulden, False imprints and the Bridger specimen books.
  • David N Griffiths, Print privilege and piracy in the Book of Common Prayer.
  • John Hinks, John Gregory and the ‘Leicester Journal’.
  • David Hounslow, From George III to Queen Victoria: a provincial family and their books.
  • Philip Henry Jones, Thomas Gee senior.
  • Wallace Kirsop, Baker’s juvenile circulating library in Sydney in the 1840s.
  • Lucy Lewis, ‘For no man is an island, divided from the main’ incunable sammelbande.
  • Warren McDougall, Charles Elliot’s book adventure in Philadelphia, and the trouble with Thomas Dobson.
  • Barry McKay, Peter Isaac: a landmark removed, and Books in Eighteenth-century Whitehaven.
  • Michael Powell, Taking stock: the diary of Edmund Harrold of Manchester.
  • Brenda J. Scragg, James Everett and the sale of Adam Clarke’s library 1833: a newly discovered manuscript.
  • David Stoker, Freeman and Susannah Collins and the spread of English provincial printing.


ISAAC, Peter & Barry McKAY [Editors] THE MOVING MARKET. Continuity and change in the book trade. 

New Castle, Oak Knoll Press, 2001. 8vo, (218x150mm), xiv,201p. 18 illustrations. Laminated hardback boards. £12.00 (stock reference 7720)


  • Iain Beavan, ‘What Constitutes the Crime which it is Your Pleasure to Punish so mercilessly?’ Scottish Booksellers' Societies in the Nineteenth Century.
  • Maureen Bell, Reading in Seventeenth-Century Derbyshire: the Wheatcrofts and their Books.
  • Diana Dixon, New Town, New Newspapers: the Development of the Newspaper Press in Nineteenth-Century Middlesbrough.
  • John Hinks, The Beginnings of the Book Trade in Leicester.
  • David Hounslow, A Moving Market: The Influence of London Books of Street Cries on Provincial Editions to c1830.
  • Peter Isaac, Splendide mendax: Publishing Landscape Illustrations of the Bible.
  • Philip Henry Jones, The First World War and Welsh-Language Publishing.
  • Wallace Kirsop, From Curry’s to Collins Street, or how a Dubliner Became the ‘Melbourne Mudie’.
  • Barry McKay, John Atkinson’s ‘Lottery’ Book of 1809: John Locke’s Theory of Education Comes to Workington.
  • Lisa Peters, The Troubled History of a Welsh Newspaper Publishing Company: the North Wales Constitutional Newspaper Company Limited 1869-1878.
  • Janet Phipps, Book Availability in Ipswich over the Years.
  • Michael Powell & Terry Wyke, ‘Aristotle to a Wery Tall Man’: Selling Secondhand Books in Manchester in the 1830s.
  • Sydney J. Shep, Mapping the Migration of Paper: Historical Geography and New Zealand Print Culture.
  • Richard B. Sher & Hugh Amory, From Scotland to the Strand: the Genesis of Andrew Millar's Bookselling Career.
  • Jeffrey Smith, Books and Culture in Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Newcastle.


ISAAC, Peter & Barry McKAY [Editors] THE MIGHTY ENGINE. The book trade at work.

Winchester: St Paul’s Bibliographies: New Castle DE.: Oak Knoll Press,. 2000. 8vo, (218x150mm), xii,205p. 6 illustrations. Laminated hardback boards. £25.00 (Stock reference 4988)


  • Chris Baggs, The Potter Family of Haverfordwest 1780-1875.
  • Iain Beavan, Advertising Judiciously: Scottish Nineteenth-Century Publishers and the British Market.
  • Maureen Bell, Sturdy Rogues and Vagabonds: Restoration Control of Pedlars and Hawkers.
  • Audrey Cooper, George Nicholson and His Cambrian Traveller’s Guide.
  • Margaret Cooper, Books Returned, Accounts Unsettled and Gifts of Country Food: Customer Expectations at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century; John Mountford, Worcester Bookseller.
  • Diana Dixon, Newspapers in Huntingdonshire in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.
  • Jim English, Chapbooks & Primers, Piety, Poetry & Classics: the Mozleys of Gainsborough.
  • Stacey Gee, The Coming of Print to York, c1490-1550.
  • Sarah Gray, William Flackton 1709-1798: Canterbury Bookseller and Musician.
  • John Hinks, Some Radical Printers and Booksellers of Leicester c1790-1850.
  • Philip Henry Jones, ‘Business is awful bad in these parts’: New Evidence for the Pre-1914 Decline of theWelsh-Language Book Trade.
  • Rheinallt Llwyd, ‘Worthy of the poets and worthy of a gentleman’: Publishing Gorchestion Beirdd Cymru (1773).
  • Barry McKay, John Ware, Printer and Bookseller of Whitehaven: a Year from His Day-Books 1799-1800.
  • Brenda Scragg, William Ford and Edinburgh Cultural Society at the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century.
  • David Shaw, Canterbury’s External Links: Book-Trade Relations at the Regional and National Level in the Eighteenth Century.
  • David Stoker, Printing at the Red-Well: an Early Norwich Press Through the Eyes of Contemporaries.
  • Richard Suggett, Pedlars & mercers as Distributors of Print in Early-Modern Wales.
  • John R. Turner, Book Publishing from the English Provinces in the Late Nineteenth Century: a Report of Work in Progress.


ISAAC, Peter & Barry McKAY [Editors]. THE HUMAN FACE OF THE BOOK TRADE. Print culture and its creators. 

Winchester: St Paul’s Bibliographies, 1999. 8vo, (218x150mm), x,228p. 4 illustrations. Out of print.


  • Paul Morgan, Henry Cotton and W.H. Allnutt: Two Pioneer Book-Trade Historians.
  • David Stoker, The Country Book Trade 1784-85.
  • Stephen W. Brown, William Smellie and the Printer’s Role in the Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh Book Trade.
  • Richard B Sher, William Buchan’s Domestic Medicine: Laying Book History Open.
  • Jonathan Sanderson, Medical Secrets and the Book Trade: Ownership of the Copy of the College of Physicians’ Pharmacopeia (1618-50).
  • Warren McDougall, Charles Elliot and the London Booksellers in the Early Years.
  • Peter Isaac, Charles Elliot and the English Provincial Book Trade.
  • Philip Henry Jones, Scotland and the Welsh-Language Book Trade During the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century.
  • Iain Beavan, ‘Spreading the Hell-hounds of Jealousy and Discord’: the Aberdeen Shaver and its Times.
  • Brenda Scragg, William Ford, Manchester Bookseller.
  • Michael Powell & Terry Wyke, At the Fall of the Hammer: Auctioneering Books in Manchester 1700-1850.
  • Barry McKay , Niche Marketing in the Nineteenth Century: The Shepherds’ Guides of the Northern Counties.
  • Graeme Forbes, The Edward Clark Collection at Napier University, Edinburgh.


ISAAC, Peter & Barry McKAY [Editors] THE REACH OF PRINT. Making, selling and using books. 

Winchester: St Paul’s Bibliographies; New Castle, DE.: Oak Knoll Press 1998. 8vo, (218x150mm), x,228p. 26 illustrations and maps. Laminated hardback boards. £12.00 (stock reference 31)


  • R. J. Goulden, Print Culture in the Kentish Weald.
  • David Shaw & Sarah Gray, James Abree: Canterbury’s First ‘Modern’ Printer.
  • Philip Henry Jones, The Welsh Wesleyan Bookroom.
  • Margaret Cooper, A Snuff-box for the king of Prussia: the remarkable Career of Benjamin Maund.
  • Barry McKay, Cumbrian Chapbook Cuts: Some Sources and Other Versions.
  • John Morris, A Bothy Ballad and its Chapbook Source.
  • Fiona Black, Book Distribution to the Scottish and Canadian Provinces.
  • Bill Bell, ‘Pioneers of Literature’: Commercial Travellers in the Early 19th Century.
  • Michael Powell & Terry Wyke, Penny Capitalism in the Manchester Book Trade: the Case of James Wetherley.
  • Peter Isaac, Charles Elliot and Spilsbury’s Antiscorbutic Drops.
  • Sheila Hingley, Elham Parish Library.
  • Michael Perkin, Parochial Libraries: Founders and Readers.
  • Iain Beavan, ‘The best Library that ever the North Pairtes of Scotland Saw’: Thomas Reid and his Books.


ISAAC, Peter & Barry McKAY [Editors] IMAGES & TEXTS. Their production and distribution in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Winchester: St Paul’s Bibliographies, 1997. 8vo, (218x150mm), xiv,188p. 23 illustrations. Laminated hardback boards. £25.00 (Stock reference 258)


  • Diana Dixon, Northamptonshire Newspapers.
  • Martin Holmes, Samuel Gamidge Bookseller in Worcester.
  • John Gavin, Cumbrian Literary Institutions: Cartmel & Furness.
  • Barry McKay, Three Cumbrian Chapbook Printers: the Dunns of Whitehaven and Ann Bell & Anthony Soulby of Penrith.
  • John Morris, Scottish Ballads and Chapbooks.
  • Brenda Scragg, Some Sources for Manchester Printing in the Nineteenth Century.
  • Philp Henry Jones, Welsh Language Publishing in the Nineteenth Century.
  • Iain Beavan, Aberdeen University Press and the Scottish Typographical Association.
  • Peter Lord, Welsh Images & Images of Wales in the Popular Press.



Winchester: St Paul’s Bibliographies, 1990. 8vo, (217x152mm), xii,212p. 6 plates. Laminated hardback boards. £18.50 (Stock reference 10259)

The precursor of the Print Networks series containing:

  • F.W. Ratcliffe, The Contribution of Book-trade Studies to Scholarship.
  • A.I. Doyle, The English Provincial Book Trade before Printing.
  • Paul Morgan, The Provincial Book Trade before the End of the Licensing Act.
  • David Pearson, Cambridge Bindings in Cosin's Library Durham.
  • Jeremy Black, The English Provincial Press in the Eighteenth Century.
  • Ian Maxted, Mobility and Innovation in the Book Trades - Some Devon Examples.
  • P.J. Wallis, Cross-Regional Connexions.
  • Eiluned Rees, The Welsh Printing House from 1718 to 1818.
  • Wesley McCann, Patrick Neill and the Origins of Belfast Printing.
  • Vincent Kinane & Charles Benson, Some Late 18th- and early 19th- Dublin Printers Accounts Books. Michael Perkin, Hampshire Notices of Printing Presses 1799-1867.
  • Adam McNaughton, A Century of Saltmarket Literature 1790-1890.
  • Brian Hillyard, Working Towards a History of Scottish Book Collecting.