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The Most Disreputable TradePublishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810$
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Thomas F. Bonnell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532209.001.0001

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William Creech and John Boyle: The Classics Spread Across Scotland

William Creech and John Boyle: The Classics Spread Across Scotland

(p.68) 3. William Creech and John Boyle: The Classics Spread Across Scotland
The Most Disreputable Trade

Thomas F. Bonnell

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the careers of William Creech and John Boyle, and examines how the English Classics spread across Scotland. For 40 years, Creech was the chief publisher in Edinburgh. Creech carried on by far the most extensive bookselling concern in Scotland, publishing the writings of many of the distinguished men who adorned Scottish literature at the close of the eighteenth century. His works include the Edinburgh Fugitive Pieces, and British Poets. When Francis Douglas faded from the scene in the 1760s, Aberdeen fell to John Boyle. His forty-four titles account for almost half the books printed in Aberdeen from 1771 to 1780. Boyle's formulation of intrinsic worth in the Aberdeen collection embraces ‘all that is valuable of the whole English poets’. Among his famous works is A Collection of the English Poets. The chapter argues that such productions of English classics reflected credit on Scotland.

Keywords:   William Creech, John Boyle, English Classics, Scotland, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, British Poets, A Collection of the English Poets

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