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A History of Cambridge University Press

A History of Cambridge University Press

Volume 1. Printing and the Book Trade in Cambridge, 1534–1698


Part of A History of Cambridge University Press

  • Date Published: October 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521308014

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  • This is the first of three volumes concerning the history of the oldest press in the world, a history that extends from the sixteenth century to the present day. Although there was, briefly, a press at Cambridge in the early 1520s, the origins of the modern University Press spring from a charter granted to the University by Henry VIII in 1534, to provide for printers who would be able to work outside London and serve the University. In the event no book was printed until fifty years later, but from 1583 to the present the line of University Printers stretches in unbroken succession. Covering the period from the Reformation to the end of the seventeenth century, and drawing on a wealth of unpublished or unfamiliar materials, this volume explores the University's attitude to its Printers, the books they chose to print, and the circumstances in which they worked. For the first time, the early history of the Press is set in its context - of authors, University authorities, and readers, and its activities are fully related to the wider issues of the book trade in Britain and overseas. This book will be of interest to all involved in the history of politics, literature, the Church, education and social life in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1992
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521308014
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 316 x 197 x 48 mm
    • weight: 1.472kg
    • contains: 37 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Perspectives
    2. The charter of 1534
    3. University stationers, 1534–1583
    4. Prejudice and the printing privilege
    5. Thomas Thomas, 'the puritan printer'
    6. John Legate, printer by profession
    7. Cantrell Legge and the University's common cause
    8. A new beginning: Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel
    9. An uneasy partnership
    10. Privileged books
    11. Books for university teaching
    12. Authors and printers
    13. By due authority: licence and the title to print
    14. Running the printing house
    15. Type, paper and other necessities
    16. Civil war and the interregnum
    17. John Field and the opportunities of office
    18. John Hayes and the limits of independence
    19. Looking at a wider world
    20. Conclusion

  • Author

    David McKitterick, Trinity College, Cambridge

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