Joseph Malaby Dent (1849-1926) was an English bookbinder who created finely produced classics by Shakespeare, Scott, Dickens
and Jane Austen. He also published illustrated books and the
Temple Classics series, which was to contain the most important works of world literature with new translations, but no introductions and
minimal notes by an authority. The collection contains more than seven hundred volumes printed by J.M. Dent & Sons.
Joseph Malaby Dent was born in Darlington in 1849. He was the tenth of the twelve children of George Dent, a good Christian
house-painter but an indifferent business man. He was much addicted to church music and young Joseph was brought up in a pleasant,
if erratic, household. After being apprenticed to a printer he switched to book-binding, and at the age of 19, went to live
in London where one of his elder brothers arranged for him to finish his apprenticeship with Hipkins, a binder in Bucklersbury.
40 boxes (20 linear ft.)
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