James Robert Tyrrell (1875-1961), bookseller and publisher, was born on 3 July 1875 at Darlington, Sydney, son of George Tyrrell, dealer, and his wife Mary, née Colgan. At the age of 13 he began work with Angus and Robertson, running errands, delivering books in a billycart and 'keeping an eye on the front' (the books displayed outside the shop). Relations within 'the family' were close: Tyrrell's early reading was guided by Angus and his first exercise as an independent bookseller (at night in a shop near the university) was encouraged by Robertson's generosity in allowing him to choose freely from discards.In Old Books, Old Friends, Old Sydney (1952) Tyrrell records something of his boyhood and progress as an independent bookseller and art dealer; it is less an autobiography than a collection of often anecdotal reminiscences of the years (1888-1905) he spent with Angus and Robertson.


Old Books, Old Friends, Old Sydney by Tyrrell



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