Links and bibliography

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:

A nice introduction to James Lackington and the Temple of the Muses

Discussion of the bookshops of Georgian London including the Temple of the Muses

Discussion of Finsbury Square focusing on 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.





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