The History of Purnell & Sons Ltd. and The British Printing Corporation - Terry GoodmanEngland: Terry Goodman, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly pulled at the head of the upper panel, a decent copy otherwise.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the half-title page verso — without provenance. Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; Photographic end papers & blanks; Appendices (4); Plans;
From the cover: “This is a story of a small Somerset printing business, in a large Somerset village, that was the centre of the Somerset Coal Field, in the mid 1840’s.
It is also the story of the men who had a dream, a dream that came true, to give employment to the many unemployed miners in the village as the coal pits closed down in the latter part of the 19th Century.
The Purnell family founded the business and established it as a village printer; the Harvey family took the business to one of the largest printing concerns in Europe and founded the British Printing Corporation in 1964 by merging the Hazell Sun Group of printing companies with the Purnell Group Companies. This was achieved by Purnell and Sons Ltd. changing their name to the British Printing Corporation and forming a new company called Purnell and Sons Ltd. to carry on the old existing business in Paulton.
It is also a story of the trials and tribulations of running a printing business whilst expanding it at a fast rate in the 1930’s only to have to contend with the effects of a World War with it’s drain on manpower, rationing of materials, and the commandeering of premises to help the National War Effort.
Purnells printed millions of books for children that must have reached every family in Britain at one time or another. They were also leaders in installing new technology, such as rotary gravure printing and web offset printing in the 1960’s.”