Some of my fondest kid memories are of lying on the top bunk in my room at our cottage on a rainy day and listening to the rain on the roof as I read the adventures of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
The grade three teacher at my kids school was very artsy and she had a friend who was a bookbinder. She had all the students write an illustrated story and draw a fancy cover, then had them bound into books by her friend. What a fabulous thing to do - that was over thirty years ago and I am still talking about it!
I like going into bookstores, but I LOVE going into used book stores. Sometimes I luck out and find a book I wanted that is long out of print. There are still a few I am looking for, and booksellers all over town are keeping an eye out for them for me.
Do you have an ancestor who was a bookseller, bookbinder or publisher?
These are links to people in the book trade. Also look in trade and commercial directories.
Alien members of the book trade during the Tudor period: 1906
American Book Trade Directory 1922
A Dictionary of Members of the Dublin Book Trade 1550-1800 (limited view)
A Dictionary of Printers and Booksellers, England, Scotland & Ireland, 1668-1725
Abstracts from the wills of English printers and stationers, 1492-1630
History of Booksellers, the old and the new 1873
Sketches of booksellers of other days - 1901
Sketches of some of the booksellers of the time of Dr Samuel Johnson, 1902
Dictionary of the Antiquarian Booksellers and dealers in second-hand books, US 1885
International directory of Antiquarian Booksellers - Internationales adressbuch der antiquar-buchhändler - 1906
The Booksellers' League: A history of its formation and ten years of its work US 1905
Abstracts from the wills and testamentary documents of printers, binders and stationers of Cambridge, 1504-1699
The International Directory of second-hand booksellers and bibliopile's manual 1894
Hodson's Booksellers, publishers and stationers' directory for London and Country 1855
Register of artists, engravers, booksellers, bookbinders, printers & publishers of New York City 1633-1820
Directory of second-hand booksellers & list of public libraries British and foreign 1891
The Victorian Book Trade