The author of article presents the condition in which the second edition of Jan Muszkowski’s Życie książki was prepared. The book was edited in Tadeusz Zapiór Publishing House. To reconstitute this conditions, the author analysed the correspondence and reviews of Życie książki. An effect is a description of inconveniences during the book preparation and a characterisation of a book final reception. It shows that the book was well edited despite the political difficulties.