The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 4: by John Barnard, D. F. McKenzie, Maureen Bell

By John Barnard, D. F. McKenzie, Maureen Bell

This quantity makes a speciality of the time among the incorporation of the Stationers' corporation in 1557 and the lapsing of the Licensing Act in 1695. Thirty-eight chapters display how revealed texts interacted with oral and manuscript cultures in the course of a interval of non secular divisions and civil struggle. They learn literary works and the constructing mass marketplace in almanacs, chapbooks and information. The company of print and the connection of London to the provinces and the Continent can be defined.

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63 It now seems that the incorporation of the Company by Queen Mary in 1557 should be seen in important part as a normal transition in the life of a City 57 Oastler 1975. 58 STC 11226. For the division of the twelve shares among the partners in April 1595, see Greg and Boswell 1930, pp. lxviii, 51, 55. 59 STC 11228: further see Jackson 1957, pp. 230–31, 243–4, 434–6, 481, 482. 60 Williams 1948, pp. 755–60: see also Ductor in linguas (1617), sig. π2r (see also A4r ). 61 Williams 1948, p. 770, who points out that the first edition of 1617 was not, as is usually claimed (Clapp 1932 and most subsequent writers), the first example of subscription publication.

Oppen, and R. S. 1. 114 R. Finlay and B. Shearer, ‘Population growth and suburban expansion’, London 1500–1700: the making of the metropolis, ed. A. L. Beier and R. Finlay (London, 1986), pp. 35–59. V. Harding challenges these findings in ‘The population of London, 1500–1700: a review of the published evidence’, London Journal, 15 (1990), 122–3. 1. 116 For corrective accounts, see Spufford 1981, pp. 100–1, and Thomas 1986. 117 See Jones, below, p. 719. 122 Unfortunately, the records of ‘white paper’ do not distinguish between paper for printing and higher quality writing paper, which make these figures of limited value.

565. 63 For developments in typefounding, see Barker, ch. 29 below; on changing patterns of bookbinding, see Foot, below. 9 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 introduction craft guild64 rather than, as W. W. Greg influentially claimed,65 a far-sighted realization on the part of the Crown and the book trade of a mutually beneficial relationship, one which simultaneously served the Crown’s interest in press control and the Company’s interest in a trade monopoly. A complicity of interests in controlling the trade was certainly apparent to, and exploited by, both sides; but at times of stress (most notably under the restored Stuart monarchy, particularly when James II attempted to pack the Company’s senior membership66 ) the potential conflict between the government’s political will and the Company’s commercial interests could cause friction.

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