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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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Piracy and Shipwreck!

Piracy and Shipwreck!

(p.239) 19 Piracy and Shipwreck!
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This chapter discusses how Joshua Lippincott imported all of Chambers' instructive serials and many of the book publications, and his experiences of importing the Chambers's Journal. The speed with which the imports crossed the Atlantic suddenly became critical, and the difficulties William Chambers and Lippincott faced in dealing with Peter Orvis showed the ambivalent utility of steamships to British publishers. Orvis had no recorded involvement with the book trade before establishing the New York Journal. In advertising his reprint of Chambers's Journal, he made the most of the the Chambers' reputation. Four years after the City of Philadelphia was wrecked, the North American telegraph system had been extended to Newfoundland. On the surface, the transatlantic steamship services presented similar advantages to the railways in terms of increased speed and reliability.

Keywords:   Joshua Lippincott, Chambers's Journal, William Chambers, Peter Orvis, transatlantic steamship, book trade, New York Journal, City of Philadelphia

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