Those of you that have
corresponded with me previously or have read about
my work will know that my first novel was published
Whilst they had an excellent
heritage, their reputation was later tainted by what
is often referred to as 'vanity publishing'
Who were Minerva Press
Minerva Press were founded by
William Lane in the late 1700's and had offices in
Leadenhall Street, London. From what I have
been able to find out William Lane became very
wealthy and the business very successful with an
impressive market share.
They also had an impressive
library and archive of books in his support of women
authors. Unfortunately these archives
no longer remain.
What is evident is that
Minerva Press were then recognised for their major
contribution to publishing.
If you search the web for "minerva
press" especially in conjunction with "william lane"
you'll get some idea of how influential and
extensive their business was.
Established in London in 1790 by William Lane,
it combined a press with a circulating library, and
published mainly women authors for a primarily
female readership. It is often identified with
Gothic and sentimental excess, and probably equates
most closely to the Mills and Boon pulp novels
published in the late 20th century. Yet the authors
did produce some interesting work, and Minerva
certainly provided the means for women to earn their
living as authors.
Blakey, D., The Minerva Press 1790-1820.
Dictionary of English Literature, Marion
What happened to Minerva
MINERVA PRESS LTD
St. George’s House, 6 St, George’s Way, Leicester
On June 26th 2002 Minerva Press Ltd ceased trading
and at a Creditors Meeting on Tuesday July 23rd at
The Holiday Inn in Leicester John Redmond and Colin
Vickers both of the Numerica Group, Stoughton House,
Hardborough Road, Oadby, Leicestershire LE2 4LP.
Telephone 0116 >2728200. Fax 0116 2710597 were
appointed as Joint-Liquidators.
Minerva Press went into
liquidation in 2002.