a database which aims to include brief biographical and trade
details of all those who worked in the English and Welsh book
trades up to 1851. There is a separate Scottish
Book Trade Index at the National
Library of Scotland, so BBTI includes only those Scottish
book trade people who also traded in England or Wales at some
point in their lives.
BBTI includes not only printers, publishers
and booksellers but also other related trades, such as stationers,
papermakers, engravers, auctioneers, ink-makers and sellers
of medicines, so that the book trade can be studied in the context
of allied trades. BBTI is, however, only intended as an index
to other sources of information. It is not intended to be a
biographical dictionary of book-trade people.
We do not
hold any additional material at the BBTI office and are therefore
unable to provide any information other than that on the website.