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Aileen Fyfe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226276519

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226276540.001.0001

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The Dignitaries of the Trade Take on Routledge

The Dignitaries of the Trade Take on Routledge

(p.159) 13 The Dignitaries of the Trade Take on Routledge
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This chapter explains in detail the dignitaries of the book trade who undertook George Routledge. The key distinguishing feature of the series for travelers produced by Longman and John Murray was their claim to contain works of superior literary merit. Longman's Traveller's Library was the most successful of the “quality” series of cheap nonfiction. Longman's and Murray's volumes, which were very plain, with simple undecorated covers and title pages, would have looked sober and respectable alongside Routledge's on the railway bookstall. Routledge's most successful volumes attained truly impressive sales that were far beyond those achieved either by the railway series of Longman or Murray, or by the older series of Chambers and Charles Knight. It appeared that contemporaries were blinded by the success of Routledge's Railway Library, his largest and most famous series.

Keywords:   book trade, George Routledge, Longman, John Murray, Traveller's Library, railway bookstall, Railway Library

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