J. Lackington,who a few years since began Bookselling with five Pouns, now sells One Hundred Thousand Volumes Yearly.
Engraving. Sheet 155 x 105mm, 6 x 4¼". Trimmed.
Oval portrait James Lackington (1746-1815), bookseller credited with revolutionizing the British book trade. Based in 'The Temple of the Muses', Finsbury Square (the interior illustrated in Ackermann's Repository), he was famous for refusing credit at his shops, and saving and reselling remaindered books at bargain prices, having an inclusive attitude to bookselling. His first catalogue of stock held 12,000 titles.
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