The Joseph Johnson Letterbook is the first scholarly edition of the correspondence of the influential publisher Joseph Johnson (1738-1809). Best known today for his work with politically progressive figures such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Joseph Priestley, over the course of his career Johnson was involved in the publication of thousands of works on a breathtaking range of subjects, from travel narratives to scientific writing to children's books. Johnson
was also something of an impresario, and given his active involvement in shaping the books he published, he appears in the longue duree of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British print culture as a gateway figure in the slow transition from patronage to marketplace. The Joseph Johnson Letterbook brings into
print for the first time over two hundred of Johnson's letters from archives around the world.
John Bugg is author of Five Long Winters: The Trials of British Romanticism (Stanford University Press, 2014), which examines the relations between literary culture and political repression at the end of the eighteenth century. His essays and reviews have appeared in PMLA, ELH, Eighteenth-Century Studies, TLS, Romanticism, The Huntington Library Quarterly, European Romantic Review, and Keats-Shelley Journal. He is co-founder, with Sarah Zimmerman, of the New York City Romanticism Group.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; LIST OF LETTERS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; ABBREVIATIONS; INTRODUCTION; NOTE ON THE TEXT; GLOSSARY OF CORRESPONDENTS; CHRONOLOGY: JOSEPH JOHNSON 1738-1809; LETTERS; APPENDIX 1: OTHER LETTERS FROM THE JOHNSON LETTERBOOK; APPENDIX 2: ACTIVITY LIST, 1801; APPENDIX 3: JOSEPH JOHNSON, 'A FEW FACTS'; APPENDIX 4: WILLIAM AUSTEN, 'DINNER AT JOHNSON'S'; INDEX