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The Enlightenment & the BookScottish Authors & Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America$
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Richard B. Sher

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226752525

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226752549.001.0001

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The Achievement of William Creech

The Achievement of William Creech

(p.401) 6 The Achievement of William Creech
The Enlightenment & the Book
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the publishing career and reputation of the most prominent bookseller in late eighteenth-century Edinburgh, William Creech (1745–1815), whose name appears in the imprint of more than sixty first editions. It shows how Creech emerged as the protege not only of Alexander Kincaid in Edinburgh but also of William Strahan and Thomas Cadell in London, and how he balanced feelings of loyalty and deference toward his London partners with a strong commitment to publishing Enlightenment books. These findings are then contrasted with the unsympathetic portrayal of Creech's career by commentators associated with a younger rival in the Edinburgh book trade, Archibald Constable, whose views have shaped perceptions of Creech's reputation since the early nineteenth century. Beyond a solid foundation in the classics and other marks of elite education, this combination brought the right social connections and lifelong patterns of bonding that cut across social classes.

Keywords:   publishing, Edinburgh, William Creech, Alexander Kincaid, William Strahan, Thomas Cadell, Enlightenment, Archibald Constable, bonding

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