Publishing History

The free public libraries we enjoy today can trace their roots back to private business ventures that began in the early 1800s. During this time book prices were prohibitive to all but the wealthiest readers. Seeing an opportunity in an increasingly literate middle class several affluent men began lending out books from their own personal

The Bluestocking society started with small casual meetings. A collection of men and women discussed ideas, seeking to improve themselves through the art of conversation. Nowadays this wouldn’t raise so much as an eyebrow. However, in the 1750s women were very much discouraged from pursuing intellectual endeavours let alone organising a

Yesterday, September 18th, was Samuel Johnson’s 308th birthday! In honour of this revolutionary lexicographer we decided to take a closer look at his famous and occasionally humorous, 'A Dictionary of the English Language’, first published in 1755. Not only was Johnson’s dictionary far more extensive than pre-existing attempts, b