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Book-Auction Records, Vol. 13

Book-Auction Records, Vol. 13

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Excerpt from Book-Auction Records, Vol. 13: A Priced and Annotated Record of London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow and American Book-Auctions

The history of printing in the various counties may not. perhaps, be so interesting or so important as the history of the early years of the art in England. Yet it has an interest of its own, in that it throws sidelights on the various literary activities of different districts. Very little has been written on provincial printers, and this article is-a slight contribution towards that very desirable end, a history of printing in the provinces. The chief difficulty in tracing the history of printing in the counties is the scarcity of material, and it is only when one has access to a large special collection of books that the material is forthcoming. I have been interested in Sussex bibliography for many years, and this aspect of the subject has been my particular study. For some years I had charge of a large collection of books, pamphlets, etc. relating to Sussex, and it was during my work of cataloguing this collection that I was enabled to gather a large number of references concerning printing in Sussex. These references I checked with Cotton's Typographical Gazetteer and the lists of Allnutt and Power, and found that in a number of instances my dates were earlier than those given by these authorities. In the following remarks I shall confine myself to the earliest specimens or notices of printing in the various places in Sussex up to 1850, with a view of placing on record my own researches into this neglected field of bibliography, and in the hope that others may be tempted to do a similar work in other counties. It often happens in books published locally that in the imprint the name of a local publisher or bookseller occurs, the book itself being printed in London. I have included such books, as they have a certain historical value in any survey of the book trade of a specified locality.

The earliest date I have been able to trace is 1698, when we find "Thomas Norman, bookseller in Lewes," mentioned in the imprint of The Christian faith concerning the Holy Trinity. By R. C. [i.e. Crayford]'. This book was printed in London for J. Wyat. The first press established at Lewes was that of the brothers William and Arthur Lee, who established the 'Lewes Journal', afterwards the 'Sussex Advertiser,' in 1745; this was then the only newspaper in the county. William Lee printed at Lewes, in 1756, 'Sermon preached on February 6, 1756, by N. Farriauo,' which seems to be the earliest book printed in the old town. It is interesting to note that in 1810 paper mills were erected in Lewes, near the Pells, by Mes.srs. Molineux, Johnson, and A. Lee, who held the appointment of papermakers to H. R. H. the Prince of Wales; The Lees also had a printing office in Brighton. Among the later printers of Lewes deserving of mention is John Baxter, who printed and published a large number of important books from the time he set up his press about the year 1805 till his death in 1858. Baxter was the first printer to use the inking roller, which he had made by a Lewes saddler from his own designs and under his immediate superintendence; this roller was afterwards perfected and patented by Robert Harrild. Baxters chief productions were a quarto Bible, illustrated with wood engravings, published in 1811, which had an enormous sale, especially in America; Horsfield's 'History of Lewes,' 2 volumes, 1824-27, the same author's 'History of Sussex,' 2 volumes, 1835; and the 'Library of Agricultural Knowledge,' which went through various editions. George Baxter, the first printer in oil colours, whose prints are now so much esteemed, was a son of John Baxter.

The next place connected with Sussex printing was the City of Chichester, as, according to Negus' List of Printing-houses, there was one press there in the year 1724, but no further information can be gleaned about it.
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