General works on books, readers, booksllers, etc. of the period:
A great site on prices for pre-1971 English currency (which is, very frustratingly, not decimal), Visible Prices.
These are all highly recommended and are accessible and great works of scholarship:
James Raven, The Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade (Yale University Press, 2007).
— 2002. London Booksellers and American Customers. Transatlantic Literary Community and the Charleston Literary Society 1748-1811. University of South Carolina Press. (fascinating book that shows the international reach of a number of booksellers, including Lackington.)
William St. Clair, The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period. (Cambridge University Press:
These are not scholarly publications in the traditional sense, but they have some nice details and information on Lackington and the Temple of the Muses:
Bibliography on Lackington:
Sadly, there is not a lot out there specifically on James Lackington or the Temple of the Muses, although his life story and the records of the shop have been studied a great deal for what they tell us about reading and bookselling in the 18th and 19th centuries. I’ll be adding more bibliography I have gathered as I have time.
Honour, Francis. (1967) “James Lackington, Proprietor, the Temple of the Muses” Journal of Library History 2: 211-224.