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Title: The correspondence of Jacob Tonson the elder
Author: Bernard, Stephen Jarrod
ISNI:       0000 0003 6739 0042
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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This edition of the correspondence of Jacob Tonson the elder presents for the first time the collected correspondence of one of the pre-eminent publishers of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It consists of 225 letters and a will and therefore contains more letters and is more fully annotated than anything which has gone before in its field. It is the first such treatment of this correspondent and bookseller since the advent of the 'history of the book', and as such draws on bibliographical as well as historical and literary readings of the letters. The edition gestures towards the way in which the letters can be used to elucidate the book trade, subscription and subscription plate publishing, scribal publication, serial publishing, the publishing of journalism and literature, works of learned interest, life writing and literary analysis. It examines primarily Jacob Tonson the elder's work as a bookseller, but also his private life, a life which was significantly connected to the Whig Kit-Cat Club, and, although this is always understood rather than stated explicitly, to governmental and cultural patronage of the Whig party more generally. That said, this is primarily a literary and a bibliographical edition, not a political edition, which illustrates the intersection of literary and book history and biography, shedding some light on these through the bookselling career and 'long life' of Jacob Tonson the elder, the authors he published and corresponded with, and bookselling itself. This edition includes a full biographical and bibliographical introduction, illustrations, calendar of letters, register of sources, important notes on the critical apparatus, an appendix and an index.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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