Publishing, Politics, and Culture: The Kings Printers in the Reign of James I and VI

Hardcover | January 10, 2010

byGraham Rees, Maria Wakely

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Based on hitherto unexplored and unpublished legal and business records, this study presents the fullest account so far published of any London printing firm in the reign of James I. In particular it examines the businesses of men associated with that crucial instrument of culturalproduction-the King's Printing House. This institution stood four-square at the top of the London printing and publishing trade, for it monopolized the right to print the Bible, Book of Common Prayer, and other indispensable works promoted or encouraged by the king. The office of King's Printer,initially owned by Robert Barker, was potentially very lucrative, and so attracted the predatory attentions of the prosperous book-trade partnership of John and Bonham Norton, and John Bill. The stage was set for bitter rivalry between Barker and his opponents, rivalry which involved sharp practice,deceit, bullying, and downright thuggery-with lawsuits to match. Barker was no fool yet he was up against very able, resourceful individuals who understood better than Barker that they were in business to promote the king's politico-cultural programme, and extend his influence at home and abroad.That is exactly what John Norton and John Bill did, and to such good effect and with his unique experience of the domestic and continental book trade, Bill eventually became the greatest London book trader, printer, publisher, disseminator of ideas, and cultural entrepreneur of hisgeneration.

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Based on hitherto unexplored and unpublished legal and business records, this study presents the fullest account so far published of any London printing firm in the reign of James I. In particular it examines the businesses of men associated with that crucial instrument of culturalproduction-the King's Printing House. This institution ...

Graham Rees was born in Salisbury on 31 December, 1944. He was educated at St. Albans School, and Birmingham University (School of English, and Shakespeare Institute). He has been Research Professor in the School of English at Queen Mary University of London since 1998. Director of the British Academy Oxford Francis Bacon, and of the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 10, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Plates and FiguresList of TablesReferences and AbbreviationsManuscripts: Conventions of TranscriptionIntroduction1. The King's Printers: Monopolies, Business, and Lawsuits2. Printing, Litigation, Prison3. Resources Human and Material4. The King's Printers' Bible and Book of Common Prayer Monopoly5. Special Editions 1616-1620: Folios Fit for a King6. 1620: The King's Printers' Annus Mirabilis7. The King's Printers' Methods8. Stockholding, Shops, and Sales9. John Norton, John Bill, and The Frankfurt Catalogues10. John Norton, and John Bill: International TradeAfterword: King James I and VI, and His PrintersAppendix 1: Editions Listed in A Note of the Seuerall Sorts of BookesSelect BibliographyIndex