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SIGNED* On Publishing: A Professional Memoir

Leventhal, Lionel

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ISBN 10: 1853675172 / ISBN 13: 9781853675171
Published by Greenhill Books, 2006
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VG/VG. *AUTOGRAPHED/SIGNED* by Lionel Leventhal on title page to Dan Farrell. White photo-illustrated jacket, dust jacket in archival plastic protector. Approx. 5.5'' x 8.5'', shelf wear, very light wear to jacket. Once Read Books, cover scan available - just ask, OnceReadBooks com Orders shipped via USPS. Bookseller Inventory # 316088

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Title: SIGNED* On Publishing: A Professional Memoir

Publisher: Greenhill Books

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good.

Dust Jacket Condition: /Very Good.

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Lionel Leventhal's bookselling and publishing career, 1954 to date (and continuing). Starting in a bookshop (Handel Smith Bookshop in Edgware, Middlesex), he soon moved to Herbert Jenkins. He was with Paul Hamlyn until founding Arms & Armour Press and later Greenhill Books. He founded the London Book Fair. He owned Charles Griffin, the scientific and technical publisher, and Lund Humphries Publishers, the publisher of art books.

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"This book is a limited edition," notes Leventhal at the start of this memoir, published by the British house he founded and continues to run. With those words, this giant of the British publishing industry reveals one of the few errors of judgment he's made during a long and distinguished career; an error because a book such as this one, congenial, informative and wise, deserves and is bound to win a wider readership than Leventhal projects. As the subtitle says, this is a professional, not personal, memoir, and so the story begins in 1954, with the 15-year-old author, having left school, taking a job at a small bookstore in Edgeware. One of his first duties was to advertise a book party by walking around in a spaceman's suit. But the manufacturer forgot to install air vents, and "it was only when I lowered myself to the ground and started beating the Perspex bubble helmet on the pavement that the crowd realised that I had a problem" one instance of many of the good humor with which Leventhal leavens his text. Leventhal's life journey takes him, and the reader, through his work at Paul Hamlyn; his founding and years of work with Arms & Armour Press; his creation in 1971 of the Specialist Publishers' Exhibition for Libraries, which grew into today's London Book Fair; his founding of and years with Greenhill. Along the way, Leventhal devotes fascinating chapters to working with the Soviets, with American publishers, with assorted authors, and more. It's an inside look at British and intercontinental publishing that reflects a lifetime of smartly absorbed experience, and it's an inspiring look at that, because what shines forcefully through this memoir is Leventhal's passion for good books, well published a passion that he transmits to the reader in one of the most engaging publishing memoirs to appear in years.
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