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BRITTON, John (1771--1857)
The rights of literature; or an inquiry into the policy and justice of the claims of certain public libraries on all the publishers and authors of the United Kingdom, for eleven copies, on the best paper, of every new publication. By John Britton, F.S.A.
London: printed for the author; by A.J. Valpy: and sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814
77, [1] p.; 21.0cm. (8°)

New copyright legislation in 1801 had raised the number of libraries of legal deposit from two (Universities of Oxford and Cambridge) to nine; in 1814 the number was raised again to eleven. The effects of this 'arbitrary, unjust, and impolitic' demand would, Britton claims in the preface, be 'oppressive and injurious to every professional and amateur author.'. The number of libraries was reduced to five in 1836.

Copy Notes The Soane copy is without the advertising matter (pp. [79]-80) reported in COPAC. Bound (2) with The rejected pictures, ... , 1815 (q.v.).

Binding C19th half green morocco, marbled paper boards, blind double-rule borders, gilt double-rule spine direct lettered in gilt with titles &c. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s., 2 August 1830. (Spiers Box. Binding 51). Later numbered '68' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 1792


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