Never be a Bookseller

GARNETT, David. Never be a Bookseller.

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GARNETT, David. Never be a Bookseller. Denby Dale: The Fleece Press, [1995].

Oblong 12mo. Marbled dust-wrapper with a paper title label to upper board; plain card paper boards; unpaginated (pp. 20); with an engraved frontispiece; extremities of wrapper very slighlty rubbed; two bookplates to inner front board; a very good copy.
Edition limited to a print run of 400, of which forty are reserved for the family of David Garnett. With a frontispiece engraving by Howard Phipps, and a postscript by Richard Garnett, marbled wrappers designed by Ann Muir. 'In 1929 Alfred A. Knopf asked David Garnett for information in order to publicise his new novel, No Love. Knopf was so pleased with the result that, having amended the references to money from sterling to dollars, he had an edition of 2000 trade copies of Never be a Bookseller printed to give his friends in the book trade' (Introductory Note). David Garnett's short autobiographical account of his time in the booktrade spans from his father's early advice, to never be a bookseller, to opening his first book shop with friend Francis Birrell, to becoming partners with Meynell of The Nonsuch Press, and eventually moving on to be a publisher and an author. Garnett maintains the perspective throughout his short account that the bookseller does all the hard work of the book trade.