Romantic Readers: The Evidence of Marginalia
When readers jot down notes in their books, they reveal something of themselves—what they believe, what amuses or annoys them, what they have read before. But a close examination of marginalia also discloses diverse and fascinating details about the time in which they are written. This book explores reading practices in the Romantic Age through an analysis of some 2,000 books annotated by British readers between 1790 and 1830.
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Hannah More on the other hand kept her copyright, paid her own printing costs, and sold her two-volume novel Coelebs in Search of a Wife (1808) for only twelve shillings but still cleared £2,000 in a year. Murray o√ered Byron £2,000 ...
They could print 750 copies at a shilling apiece. ''Now will you undertake this— either to print it & divide the profits with me—or (which indeed I should prefer) would you give me three guineas for the Copy-right?
Lackington, for instance, had started out as a shoemaker with a sideline in books; John Nichols's father was a baker, Joseph Johnson's a farmer; William Chambers in Scotland earned only four shillings a week as a bookseller's apprentice ...
Begun in 1788 under the patronage of the Duke of York, the work came out in monthly numbers, each with specially commissioned copperplate engravings or maps, selling at two shillings; five or six numbers would make up a volume.
... Johnson in two volumes in 1791, twenty- five shillings for Scott's Lay of the Last Minstrel in 1805, thirty shillings for two cantos of Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage in 1812, two guineas for Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh (2 vols.) ...
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In this follow-up to her magisterial Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books , Jackson (English, Univ. of Toronto) focuses on annotations that were made in books during the Romantic Age--that exciting ... Read full review