Binding agents, who were go-betweens or
self-appointed salesmen of publishers or library
binders, and who solicited binding business and
then let out the work to the lowest-priced bidder
on their list. Mason Locke Weems ("Parson Weems"),
the creator of the George Washington cherry tree
myth, seems to have been one such agent, working
between binders and the publisher, Matthew Carey.
Binding brokers, who flourished in the United
States well into the 20th century, are rare today.
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