Summer Visit 2014: A Walking Tour of the London Booktrade

The Summer Visit for 2014 will be a walking tour of sites of the London book trade in the 18th century, on Monday, 30 June 2014 at 2.30.  Professor James Raven will lead the tour, beginning at St. Pauls’s churchyard, tracing Paternoster Row, and continuing to Fleet Street and the Strand.  The walk is expected to last 90 minutes and will be followed by tea. 

By the 1390s the area around St. Paul’s churchyard developed as a book-craft neighbourhood, concentrated in Paternoster Row and nearby streets. Professor Raven, a Vice-President of the Society, delivered the 2010 Panizzi lectures on London booksites before 1800 which are about to be published by the British Library as Bookscape: Geographies of Printing and Publishing in London before 1800, and he is developing a 3D virtual tour of properties and tenants along Paternoster Row in the early 19th century.

The visit is open to all members of the Society, but numbers are limited.  Those intending to come must notify the Hon. Secretary by post or e-mail not later than 25 June (see contact details below).  Guests (not more than one) may be permitted if numbers allow, but preference will be given to members; places will be allocated as replies are received and confirmation will be sent.  The Society will subsidise the visit but there may be a modest charge for tea.  The exact meeting point will be circulated to those attending.

Please RSVP to: Margaret Ford, Hon. Secretary, The Bibliographical Society, c/o Institute of English Studies, Room 239, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

(tel: 020 7862 8679e-mail:

Acknowledgements will be sent.


Monday, June 30, 2014 - 14:30 to 17:00
St Paul's Churchyard