Broad Theme: Booktrade and Publishing History

Booktrade image

Work is in progress on the Booktrade sections of the John Johnson Collection.  Many booktrade trade cards and circulating library labels are catalogued and digitised on the John Johnson online catalogue. Most Bookjackets are also catalogue (without images).

Post-1801 prospectuses of journals and books and the volume of Trade Sale catalogues (auctions of copyrights, 1718-1797) have been catalogued, and digital images are available on the ProQuest site: The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera.

Pre-1801 prospectuses are available in the Library on microfiches (see record below) and can be found at M07.F06828 and on the open shelves of the Special Collections Reading Room at R6.201 and Upper Reading Room at A.3.828. There are companion microfiches for pre-1801 prospectuses in the Gough Collection.

Corporate Name Bodleian Library. 
Title Book prospectuses before 1801 in the John Johnson Collection : a catalogue with microfiches / J. P. Feather
Publisher Oxford : Oxford Microform Publications Ltd. for the Bodleian Library, 1976
Description vi, 26 p. ; & microfiche (27 sheets ; 11 x 15 cm.) 21 cm
Notes Microfiche case has title: Microfiche editions of book prospectuses in the Bodleian Library
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
ISBN 090473515X
Subjects Advertising -- Books -- History 
Book industries and trade -- England -- History 
Printed ephemera -- Bibliography -- Catalogs 
Personal Name as Subject Johnson, John de Monins, 1882-1956 
Corporate Body Name as Subject Bodleian Library 
Alternate Title Microfiche editions of book prospectuses in the Bodleian Library


Bibliography (PDF 6kb)

Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias (PDF 39kb)

Book Clubs

Libraries (PDF 7kb)

Bookjackets (PDF 190kb)

Proposals and Prospectuses (PDF 24kb)

Booksellers' Catalogues

Prospectuses (Books) (PDF 63kb)


Prospectuses (Books) Pre-1801

Booktrade Documents

Prospectuses of Journals  (PDF 245kb)

Circulating Libraries and Book Clubs

Publishers' Catalogues

Circulating Library Catalogues

Stationers' Company (PDF 48kb)

Circulating Library Labels

Trade Sale Catalogues

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