The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 4, 1557-1695

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This volume focuses on the time between the incorporation of the Stationers' Company in 1557 and the lapsing of the Licensing Act in 1695. Thirty-eight chapters reveal how printed texts interacted with oral and manuscript cultures during a period of religious divisions and civil war. They examine literary works and the developing mass market in almanacs, chapbooks and news. The business of print and the relationship of London to the provinces and the Continent is also explained.
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"...magnificent...provides an unparalleled access to the history of books and the book trade between 1557 to 1695. Apart from its knowledgable analyses - often aided or illustrated by charts and diagrams - the volume offers an authoritative source of knowledge and data not widely known or readily available elsewhere." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America

"A volume and a series that every interdisciplinary research collection requires. Essential." Choice

"We now have a truly impressive means of surveying this field, taking stock of its current strengths and weaknesses, and perceiving new and needed avenues of investigation." Renaissance Quarterly

"This rich, polyphonic volume is a timely contribution to the 'history of the book.'" Seventeenth-Century News

"There is plenty here to savor and whet the appetite for further research. And it is perhaps a healthy sign of a rapidly evolving field that even 800 pages offer only a taste of its full scope." H-Albion

"This book has, I think, brought the study of legal history into the mainstream of Tudor historiography and its ongoing debate over the formation of the state. Through archival virtuosity rarely matched, Kesselring has forced us to acknowledge that the state was not without its own extremely effective techniques in the negotiations over power that have recently dominated the field. This book should, I believe, become as crucial a statement of the linkage between social and political history for the next decade as Cynthia Herrup's classic The Common Peace was for the last." H-ALBION

"This is a most valuable collection. It admirably records the extrordinary impact of the trade in printed and manuscript books that, as John Barnard observes in the introduction, 'was out of all proportion to its economic significance.' I recommend volume 4 very highly to all scholars in the variety of different fields that impinge upon the history of the book in early modern Britain." Sixteenth Century Journal

"The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain. Vol. 4:1557-1695, is an extraordinary resource, with thirty-eight highly informative, accessible essays, grouped into well-conceived sections, following a substantial introduction by Barnard. All the essays are superb. The entire book is fascinating-an education in the Renaissance." SEL Studies in English Literature, Achsah Guibbory, Recent Studies in the English Renaissance

"This latest volume of The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain is an outstanding scholarly achievement." Journal of Modern History

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Meet the Author

John Barnard was, until 2001, Professor of English Literature at the University of Leeds.

D. F. McKenzie was amongst the most influential bibliographers of his generation.

Maureen Bell is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

Introduction John Barnard; Part I. Religion and Politics: 1. Religious publishing in England 1557–1640 Patrick Collinson, Arnold Hunt and Alexandra Walsham; 2. Religious publishing in England c.1640–1695 Ian Green and Kate Peters; Part II. Oral Traditions and Scribal Culture: 3. Oral and scribal texts in early modern England Harold Love; 4. John Donne and the circulation of manuscripts Peter Beal; 5. Music books Mary Chan; Part III. Literature of the Learned: 6. The Latin trade Julian Roberts; 7. Patronage and the printing of learned works for the author Graham Parry; 8. University printing at Oxford and Cambridge David McKitterick; 9. Editing the past: classical and historical scholarship Nicolas Barker; 10. Maps and atlases Laurence Worms; 11. The literature of travel Michael Brennan; 12. Science and the book Adrian Johns; 13. Samuel Hartlib and the commonwealth of learning Mark Greengrass; 14. Ownership, private and public libraries Elisabeth Leedham-Green and David McKitterick; 15. Monastic collections and their disposal James P. Carley; Part IV. Literary Canons: 16. Literature, the playhouse and the public John Pitcher; 17. Milton Joad Raymond; 18. The Restoration poetic and dramatic canon Paul Hammond; 19. Non-conformist voices Nigel Smith; 20. Women writing and women written Maureen Bell; Part V. Vernacular Traditions: 21. The Bible trade B. J. McMullin; 22. English law books and legal publishing J. H. Baker; 23. ABCs, almanacs, ballads, chapbooks, popular piety and textbooks R. C. Simmons; 24. Books for daily life: household, husbandry, behaviour Lynette Hunter; 25. The creation of the periodical press 1620–1695 Carolyn Nelson and Matthew Seccombe; Part VI. The Business of Print: 26. Printing and publishing 1557–1700: constraints on the London book trades D. F. McKenzie; 27. The economic context 1557–1695 James Raven; 28. French paper in English books John Bidwell; 29. The old English letter foundries Nicolas Barker; 30. Bookbinding Mirjam M. Foot; 31. Mise-en-page, illustration, expressive form: introduction Maureen Bell; Paratextual features of printed books Randall Anderson; The typography of Hobbes's Leviathan Peter Campbell; The Polyglot Bible Nicolas Barker; The look of news: Popish Plot narratives 1678–1680 Harold Love; Sir Roger L'Estrange: the journalism of orality T. A. Birrell; Part VII. Beyond London: Production, Distribution, Reception: 32. The English provinces John Barnard and Maureen Bell; 33. Scotland Jonquil Bevan; 34. The book in Ireland from the Tudor re-conquest to the Battle of the Boyne Robert Welch; 35. Wales Philip Henry Jones; 36. British books abroad: the Continent Paul Hoftijzer; 37. British books abroad: the American colonies Hugh Amory; Part VIII. Disruption and Restructuring: The Late Seventeenth-Century Book Trade: 38. The stationers and the printing acts at the end of the seventeenth century Michael Treadwell; Statistical appendices: 1. Statistical tables; 2. Stationers' company apprentices C. Y. Ferdinand.
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