A BATSFORD CENTURY: THE RECORD OF A HUNDRED YEARS OF PUBLISHING AND BOOKSELLING, 1843-1943.

By: Bolitho, Hector, Editor. Harry Batsford, Charles Fry, Hector Bolitho.

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148 pp, 9 1/4" H, medium blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board, top edge gilt. B&w plates, reproductions, drawings, 2 colour plates (including frontispiece). A history of the family business begun by Bradley Thomas Batsford in 1843 up to the time of the Second World War, looking at the management, staff, premises, publications and authors. Batsford's main focus has always been architecture, from the huge folios of its early days to the accessible series that have introduced the British people (and others) to the beauties of the churches, country houses, cottages, etc. of their country. Contents: Foreword; B.T. Batsford: his Family, Early Life and Apprenticeship; Early Days of the Business; First Publications; A Victorian Bookseller-Publisher; New Premises and a New Arrival; Bradley and Herbert Batsford: Publishing Developments; Harry Batsford; A Tribute to Herbert Batsford; The Great War; Portrait of a Charwoman; Another New Arrival; Post-war Ups and Downs; The Move to Mayfair; A Publishing "New Deal"; Publishers' Journeys; William Hanneford-Smith: a Tribute; William Hanneford-Smith: an Account of his Work; Charles Fry; Brian Cook; Work at Home and Abroad; A Wartime Evacuation; The War in North Audley Street; Publishing from the Malvern Hills; Some Predecessors in a Tradition; Graduation in a Tradition; Some Friends of Batsfords; Thoughts on a Century; Acknowledgment; Index. Lean to spine, gift inscription in ink from 1953 written on front free endpaper, small bump at top of spine, slight browning to edges of boards. Dust jacket has several small edge tears (some with creases) and small to tiny edge chips, light to moderate browning on spine, flap-folds and edges, very light rubbing/soiling on rear panel; protected in a mylar sleeve.