Edited by Simon Eliot and John Sutherland
`The PUBLISHERS' CIRCULAR was planned by the principal Publishers of London, who were anxious to establish . . . some channels in which all persons interested in LITERATURE might be certain of seeing the FIRST announcement of every new Literary undertaking, and the first intelligence of its appearance . . .'
Address, Vol.1, Publishers' Circular, 1837
The Publishers' Circular is the single largest printed source of information on books published in Britain in the nineteenth century. With over 70,000 pages of listings, publishers' advertisements, statistics and editorial matter, the microfiche edition represents an immensely rich and detailed reference and research source for literary and publishing historians, archivists, bibliographers and librarians.
Forerunner and for many years rival of The Bookseller, the Publishers' Circular was issued fortnightly from 1837-1891 and weekly thereafter, its listings including commercial details not generally recorded in library catalogues. It is one of the few reliable and regular sources of book trade production and distribution data for the nineteenth century while its obituaries constitute a little-known biographical dictionary of British publishing and bookselling of the period.
The microfiche edition also includes The English Catalogue of Books, an annual cumulated catalogue listing alphabetically all books including reprints and new editions, published in a particular year with details of price, format, month of publication, etc. The English Catalogue of Books is both a useful index to the Publishers' Circular and an important research tool in its own right enabling scholars to track down specific books or to chart, for example, the popularity of a particular work or genre.
Including The English Catalogue of Books
Excluding The English Catalogue of Books
Guide: The Publishers' Circular 1837-1900: Guide to the Microfiche Edition
By Simon Eliot
ISBN 0 85964 216 X