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Benjamin Collins and the Provincial Newspaper Trade in the Eighteenth Century : Oxford Historical Monographs - C. Y. Ferdinand

Benjamin Collins and the Provincial Newspaper Trade in the Eighteenth Century

Oxford Historical Monographs

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1997
ISBN: 9780198206521
Number Of Pages: 276

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This is a pioneering study of the English provincial newspaper and book trades in the eighteenth century. Christine Ferdinand uses the first thoroughgoing study of the Salisbury Journal and its competitors to reveal how country newspapers worked within and influenced the developing information systems of a region. The detailed revelations of a community's social, economic, literary and cultural interests extend well beyond Salisbury to the surrounding counties and to London. A hitherto hidden commercial infrastructure shows the interdependent relationship between the writers and makers of newspapers, the principal members of the London book trade, and the new market for the printed word. Behind these news networks was the entrepreneurial spirit of Benjamin Collins, a figure of national importance, who set up Salisbury's first bank, established newspapers in London and the provinces, wrote children's books with John Newbery, and whose publishing interests brought him into contact with the literary and commercial life of London. This fascinating study of the information networks of eighteenth-century provincial life will be of interest to literary students and biographers as well as historians.

Industry Reviews

`Christine Ferdinand's study not only presents a reliable synthesis of our present knowledge on the subject but enlarges upon and particularizes that knowledge through a close examination of Benjamin Collins's two primary newspapers ... Ferdinand reconstructs, by a patient and meticulous combing of the pages of the Salisbury Journal, a thorough and credible account of the paper over its fifty-year history under Collins's control ... Ferdinand's study is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of eighteenth-century newspaper history, while it also affords some interesting insights into contemporary provincial life.' James E. Tierney, The Library `Ferdinand... deftly selects from her primary material to remind readers constantly of individual stories - entertaining, tragic, or moral - and so carries her audience easily through her analyses... this analysis of a successful and efficient business is of importance to anyone wishing to understand eighteenth-century England as a consumer society or how London-country relations worked or the commercial and information structures of the country. It takes us into new realms of newspaper history and its impications.' David McKitterick, Albion `makes an important contribution to publishing history' Times Literary Supplement

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Benjamin Collins: The Man Behind the Newspaperp. 27
The Commercial Structure of A1 Provincial Newspaper: Management and Distributionp. 61
Production and Policy: The Shape of a Provincial Newspaperp. 135
Editors and Textp. 155
The Commercial Context: Advertising in a Local Newspaperp. 180
Conclusionp. 209
Appendix: Willsp. 212
Bibliographyp. 226
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780198206521
ISBN-10: 0198206526
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.5  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.45