- Also known as
primary name: Cooke, Charles
- individual; publisher/printer; British; Male
- Life dates
- 17 Paternoster Row (in 1791 and 3 and 10 March 1792)
15 Paternoster Row (in 1792)
Paternoster Row, London (in 1795)
- Major publisher of a number of pocket series which made him a fortune. They were published under the generic title the 'Pocket Library'. It included: 'Select British Novels' from 1792; 'Select British Poets' from 1794-1805; later adding Essays, Drama, Histories, Sacred Classics (ie devotional works). They were heavily illustrated with high quality plates, and Cooke is said to have commissioned 1,000 engravings in total. Retired c.1805. For a run of 197 of his plates see 1848,0708.383 to 579; fior another run see 1863,0214.358 to 458.
- DNB, under John Cooke
Hugh Amory, '"Proprietary illustration": the case of Cooke's Tom Jones', in R. Harvey, W. Kirsop and B. J. McMullin (ed.), 'An index of of civilisation', Monash University 1993.
Thomas F Bonnell, 'The most disreputable trade', Oxford 2008, chapter 8.