Temple of the Muses. An interior view of the extensive Library of Lackington, Allen & Co. Finsbury Square, Londonwhere above Half a Million Volumes are constantly on Sale.
Etching with very large margins; 195 x 245mm (7¾ x 9¾"). Original binding folds.
An advertisement for the first ‘cash bookseller’, probably from the periodical 'London und Paris'. James Lackington (1746 - 1815) rose from selling meat pies at ten and taking an apprenticeship to a shoemaker at 14. In 1773 he went to London to make his fortune and set up as a very humble bookseller and shoemaker. By 1775 he had established his cheap circulating library, helped by his second wife, Dorcas Turton, following their marriage in 1776. In 1789, he moved to The Temple of the Muses in Finsbury Square, purpose built by George Dance, taking Robert Allen into partnership in 1793.
See James Lackington's portrait, ref 10495.
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