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May Is, 1886 Tle Publishers' Circular 48...
May is , 1886 TLe Publishers' Circular 487
The Late Mb. John Miles.
THE LATE MB . JOHN MILES .
Our last issue contained a tribute to the memory of Mr . Sampson Low , the father of
the book trade , and it is our painful task now to record the death of one whose name and
appearance have long been very familiar in similar circles of business and philanthropy .
Not very long ago our Obituary contained a record of the death of Mr . Joseph Johnson
1 Miles , and ere this issue of the Publishers ' Circular is in the hands of the public rffe many of
its readers will have heard with unfeigned v regret of the death of Mr . John Miles , one
of the most prominent of London ' s citizens , and for a long time the senior partner in
the firm of Simpkin , Marshall , & Co . Mr . Miles died at his residence , Manor House ,
Friernx Barnet , on Wednesday , the 8 th current , at . the age of 73 years .
He was born in 1813 , exactly a year before the firmof which he was destined to become
, the chief , started on its prosperous career under tho designation JSimpkin & Marshall .
The originator of tho business , however , was Benjamin Crosby , a native of Yorkshire , who ,
after succeeding to the business of Mr . Stalker , of Stationers' Hall Court , rapidly extended
the connection by making what was then a
new departure , in improving the facilities
for the supply of the country trade . While forming this department , Mr . Crosby travelled
regularly throughout the country—indeed , he was the first London bookseller to do
soand thus managed to obtain the support of the provincial trade , thereby creating a
lasting foundation for the enormous business which has since grown up . An organisation of
this description , it is almost needless to say , is now indispensable x . for the due conduct of
thebook trade ; it becomes a clearing-house , so to speak , for London and country traders ,
saving them a great deal of trouble by the collection of books and in the keeping of
accounts . Much aid was given to Mr . Crosby by two
assistants—Mr . Simpkin and Mr . Marshall , and when in 1814 their employer was
incapacitated through illness , he transferred to them the London connection , the country
trade passing to Messrs . Baldwin , Cradoclc , & Joy . Tho founder of the firm died in 1815 .
Referring to the useful custom first adopted by Messrs . Simpkin & Marshall , namely , the
permission to place their London imprint books r ^ >_/¦ / kj publ / i akja shed \ b r ^ s country - \ j \_/ MM . customers
upon v * - t ~ r v ^ a a _ ^_ - a » . m-r * - » p « a . jl , -y v ^ m . y y v » \ J M , y VJ ^ -i . pj t /\/ A 4 &\>| , U , m Mr . Curwen , in his c History of Booksellers ,
to which we are indebted for otlxer details == 4
Publishers’ Circular (1880-1890), May 15, 1886, page 487, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/pc/issues/tec_15051886/page/5/