This Week’s Curator’s Talk: Sold by: John Bell and British Bookselling in the 18th-19th centuries

Join us in the Special Collections Library from 11:15am-12:00pm every Wednesday morning during this semester for fascinating talks led by library librarians, archivists, and curators. To see the full series, click here.

This week’s talk: Sold by: John Bell and British Bookselling in the 18th-19th centuries

What did it mean to be a bookseller at the dawn of the industrial revolution, when the outpouring of books and the number of literate readers skyrocketed like never before? What sort of person chooses to dive into this brave new world? Using publisher and bookseller John Bell (1745–1831) as a launching point, curator Rachel Lavenda will walk us through some highs and lows of the book trade during this pivotal era in Britain.

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