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By John Feather

ISBN-10: 0203126807

ISBN-13: 9780203126806

ISBN-10: 0415302250

ISBN-13: 9780415302258

Completely revised, restructured and up-to-date, A historical past of British Publishing covers six centuries of publishing in Britain from ahead of the discovery of the printing press, to the digital period of this present day. John Feather locations Britain and her industries in a global industry and examines simply how ‘British’, British publishing particularly is. contemplating not just the publishing itself, but additionally the parts affecting, and tormented by it, Feather strains the heritage of publishing books in Britain and examines: schooling politics expertise legislations faith customized classification finance, construction and distribution the onslaught of worldwide firms. in particular designed for publishing and ebook historical past classes, this is often the single publication to offer an total background of British publishing, and should be a useful source for all scholars of this interesting topic.

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There were scribes and scriveners who wrote them, limners and illuminators who illustrated and rubricated them, binders who bound them and retailers who sold them. There were also merchants who supplied the raw materials: paper and parchment for writing on, ink and pens for writing with, and skins for bindings. Since the early fifteenth century, the majority of those engaged in these trades in London had belonged to a trade guild which came to be called the Company of Stationers. To be a member of the Company gave a man both privileges and obligations; above all, he had the right to trade in the City of London of which he was a citizen by virtue of being a liveryman of the Company.

The Registers are one of the key sources for the history of the English book trade in the sixteenth, seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The series is continuous from 1576 onwards (Myers 1990: 24–30). It seems to have had two functions in the eyes of the Company: the first was to enable it to meet its obligations under the 1559 and 1566 regulations about pre-publication licensing; the second was to ensure that there was a record of which member of the Company had claimed the right to publish a particular title.

The Court ruled the Company, and was increasingly dominated by past office-holders. In this lay the key to the triumph of the printers in the 1560s and the resentment of that power which came close to destroying the Company some forty years later (Blagden 1960: 78–91). The first Master, elected in 1557, was Thomas Dockwray, a lawyer who had presumably been involved in the legal work necessary to obtain the Charter (Blayney 2003: 27; Duff 1905: 40). During the next ten years, only four men held the office: John Cawood (1561, 1562, 1566), Richard Waye (1558, 1563), Reyner Wolfe (1559, 1564, 1567) and Steven Kevall (1560, 1565) (Greg and Boswell 1930: 95–6; Duff 1905: 23, 85, 167, 171–2).

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