Cambridge University Press 1584-1984

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Traces the unique history of the world's oldest press from the medieval system of resident stationers who dealt in manuscripts at the University of Cambridge to the development and growth of the present international printing and publishing organization.
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'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

  • ISBN-13: 9780521264730
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/6/1984
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 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: 1972–4; 15. Charitable status recognised; 16. From 1974 to 1984; 17. Conclusion; Appendices.

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