Her Majesty's Stationery Office: The Story of the First 200 Years, 1786-1986 - Hugh Barty-KingThe Stationery Office, 1986, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Ex-library with usual marks. A good, externally presentable, reference copy.
I commissioned Mr Barty-King to write this history of Her Majesty's Stationery Office to mark our Bicentenary year, 1986. The author has clearly brought out how considerably HMSO has changed over the years, both in size and business style. Initially a tiny agency with as few as 17 staff (plus two horses and a cart) concerned primarily with replacing the existing random and corrupt system of purchasing Government stationery with honest and efficient methods, its very success led to considerable growth. In the course of the nineteenth century the Stationery Office expanded, with the support of HM Treasury, into printing for both Parliament and Government, and into publishing on a large scale. It is now the largest print buyer in the United Kingdom, one of the top British publishers, and has a large business which trades in office supplies. 160pp. Size: 8vo Royal (9¾" x 6¼")
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