Circulating Libraries and the Beginnings of Maggs. Bros


The 1800s met the popularity of literacy and demand for new books with the invention of the revolutionary business of circulating, or lending, libraries. Join bookseller Alice Rowell to discover the story of the beginnings of the Maggs Bros. told through the earliest piece of ephemera held in their collection.

This video is the sixth in a series of six videos celebrating our special exhibition, Beautiful Books: Dickens and the Business of Christmas. The first video can be found at here, the second here, third here, fourth here and fifth here.

Alice Rowell is an antiquarian book dealer who has worked for Maggs Bros. since 2012. She specialises in autograph letters, archives and modern books, and has a particular love for the literature and art of the 19th Century. Established in 1853 in London by Uriah Maggs, Maggs Bros. Ltd. is one of the world’s largest antiquarian booksellers.


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