The Stationers' Company and the printers of London 1501-1557 / Peter W.M. Blayney.

Blayney, Peter W. M., 1944-
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
2 volumes (xxxvi, 1238 pages) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Stationers' Company (London, England) -- History -- 16th century.
Stationers' Company (London, England)
Book industries and trade -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century.
Printers -- England -- London -- Biography.
Printing -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century.
Printing industry -- Law and legislation -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Book industries and trade.
Printing industry -- Law and legislation.
England -- London.
Great Britain.
This major, revisionist reference work explains for the first time how the Stationers' Company acquired both a charter and a nationwide monopoly of printing. In the most detailed and comprehensive investigation of the London book trade in any period, Peter Blayney systematically documents the story from 1501, when printing first established permanent roots inside the City boundaries, until the Stationers' Company was incorporated by royal charter in 1557. Having exhaustively re-examined original sources and scoured numerous archives unexplored by others in the field, Blayney radically revises accepted beliefs about such matters as the scale of native production versus importation, privileges and patents, and the regulation of printing by the Church, Crown and City. His persistent focus on individuals - most notably the families, rivals and successors of Richard Pynson, John Rastell and Robert Redman - keeps this study firmly grounded in the vivid lives and careers of early Tudor Londoners. Based on a systematic re-examination of all known records and a search for new ones, this is the first study of this crucial period ever undertaken ; Explains the origins of widespread misconceptions about the Stationers' Company and printers of London ; Arranged in short chronological periods to allow changing circumstances to be seen in the context of rapidly changing times. -- Publisher's website.
Volume 1. 1357-1500 : historical and lexical introduction
1501-1509 : in the beginning
1510-1520 : royal privilege and clerical scrutiny
1521-1528 : the church clamps down
1529-1534 : the old order changeth
1535-1541 : a septennium of Bibles
1535-1541 : the company grows
1542-1546 : the end of Henry's reign
volume 2. 1547-1553 : the reign of Edward VI
1553-1557 : from catastrophe to charter
1554-1557 : the road to incorporation
1501-1557 : conclusion.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 1104-1138) and indexes.
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Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library (University of Pennsylvania)
1107035015 (2 volume set)
9781107035010 (2 volume set)
9781107038561 (hardback : v. 1)
1107038561 (hardback : v. 1)
9781107038578 (hardback : v. 2)
110703857X (hardback : v. 2)
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