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Cambridge University Press 1584–1984

Cambridge University Press 1584–1984

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Gordon Johnson
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  • Date Published: April 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521664974

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  • This readable and informative chronicle traces the unique history of the world's oldest press. It tells the story of the development of printing and publishing in the University of Cambridge, from the medieval system of resident stationers who dealt in manuscripts to the present international printing and publishing house. The story is told in the proper context of the growth of the University, which has inevitably determined the history of the Press itself; in the history of the book trade as a whole; and in the intellectual and political history of England, which at times has affected the fortunes of the Press. Amusing anecdotes and vivid descriptions of powerful and colorful personalities help to make the story enjoyable to read.

    • Covers the whole of the Press's history to 1984, and with it an important slice of English intellectual and cultural history
    • Complements in a single volume the three-volume history of the Press by David McKitterick (volume 1 1992, volume 2 1998, volume 3 forthcoming)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a most handsome, well-written and well-researched account … a distinguished and on the whole soberer one than the curiously disjointed history of its ancient rival.' Church Times

    'Cambridge University Press has a history of which it is justly proud, and in Mr Black has found a historian who has done full justice to this remarkable story.' The Library

    'Black has written a landmark study of a unique British institution. The scholarly publishing community is richer for this study of its origins.' Educational Studies

    'This an altogether admirable book, hugely enjoyable and informative … Black's prose is lucid and frequently witty, while the work is far less self-serving than most volumes of a similar kind.' Nature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521664974
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Gordon Johnson
    1. Introduction
    2. Precursors: the stationers and Siberch
    3. The Letters Patent of 1534: the Stationers' Company
    4. The foundation of the Press: Thomas Thomas
    5. Early printers: John Legate, Cantrell Legge, Buck and Daniel
    6. The Commonwealth and Restoration
    7. Bentley's 'public Press'
    8. The eighteenth century
    9. The nineteenth century I
    10. The nineteenth century II
    11. R. T. Wright and the Secretaryship
    12. Waller and Roberts as Secretaries: Lewis as Printer
    13. From 1945 to 1972
    14. Recovery:
    15. Charitable status recognised
    16. From 1974 to 1984
    17. Conclusion

  • Author

    Michael Black, University of Cambridge


    Gordon Johnson


    Gordon Johnson

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