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By John Feather

Completely revised, restructured and up to date, A background of British Publishing covers six centuries of publishing in Britain from earlier than the discovery of the printing press, to the digital period of this day. John Feather locations Britain and her industries in a global industry and examines simply how ‘British’, British publishing relatively is. contemplating not just the publishing itself, but additionally the parts affecting, and suffering from it, Feather lines the background of publishing books in Britain and examines: schooling politics expertise legislation faith customized category finance, construction and distribution the onslaught of worldwide enterprises. particularly designed for publishing and ebook heritage classes, this can be the single ebook to offer an total background of British publishing, and should be a useful source for all scholars of this attention-grabbing topic.

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He engaged in ‘jobbing’ printing, such as the surviving indulgence (see above, p. 16), and also produced a number of small books clearly not aimed at his usual audience. As with the output of all early printers, we have to assume that there was more than survives; popular books were cheap and unregarded, and rarely found their way into the libraries which preserved the great folios and quartos which are so overrepresented in the surviving corpus of fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century printed books.

John Day, for example, had held a patent on the Catechism in English since 1553, and in 1567 became patentee for the Psalms and the immensely valuable ABC, the elementary reading book prescribed for use in schools (Oastler 1975: 22–5, 70; Simmons 2002: 504–5). Tottell still held the law book patent, and William Seres that for primers, a little book of private prayers which was central to personal religion. Perhaps the most valuable of all the patents was that of the Queen’s Printer; when Christopher Barker was granted the office in 1583 he acquired with it sole rights not only in all official printing, but also in Bibles, service books and statutes.

Entry was the only way of establishing an unchallengeable claim to a copy, for the person requesting the entry had to satisfy the Wardens of his right to do so.

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