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Bibliography: History of Publishing

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Blake, N. F. Caxton: England's First Publisher. London: Osprey, 1976. [* Subject heading: history of publishing; history of printing; William Caxton; literary transmission; relation of manuscripts and books *]

Clegg, Cyndia Susan. Press Censorship in Elizabethan England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. [In this "revisionist history of press censorship, . . . Clegg concludes that press control was neither a routine nor a consistent mechanism."] [* Subject heading: history of publishing (censorship) *]

De Hamel, C[hristopher] F. R. Glossed Books of the Bible and the Origins of the Paris Booktrade. Cambridge, and Rochester, NY: D. S. Brewer / Boydell and Brewer, 1984. [* Subject heading: history of publishing; glossaries; textual criticism and editing; Bible; marginalia *]

Dobranski, Stephen B. Milton, Authorship and the Book Trade. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. [* Subject heading: history of publishing; early modern books; authors and authorship; John Milton *]

Hellinga, Lotte. "'Less than the Whole Truth': False Statements in 15th-Century Colophons." In Fakes and Frauds: Varieties of Deception in Print and Manuscript. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways 3. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; Detroit: Omnigraphics, 1989. Pp. 1-27. [Proceedings of the tenth annual conference on book trade history, at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, Nov. 1988.] [* Subject heading: history of publishing; early printed books: production; incunabula *]

Lowry, Martin. Nicholas Jenson and the Rise of Venetian Publishing in Renaissance Europe. Oxford, and Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, 1991. [Nicholas Jenson (ca. 1420-1480), an early English printer, set up his press in Venice, having been sent to Germany by a French patron to steal Gutenberg's secret and bring it to France. Jensen is largely responsible for establishing the early printing conventions for law books and glossed Bibles.] [* Subject heading: history of publishing; Bible *]

McDowell, Paula. Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace, 1678-1730. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. [* Subject heading: history of publishing; early printed books (female, woman, women) *]

Mumby, Frank A. Publishing and Bookselling: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present Day. 4th ed. London: Jonathan Cape; New York: R. R. Bowker, 1956. [* Subject heading: history of publishing *]

Raven, James. Bookscape: Geographies of Printing and Publishing in London before 1800. The Panizzi Lectures, 2010. London: British Library, 2014. [Publisher's description: "This book offers fresh perspectives on the early modern and eighteenth-century book trade in London. Using a range of new illustrative and topographical evidence, James Raven reconstructs the communities of London printers, booksellers, and their associates, reassessing working practices and the changes brought to different neighborhoods. Raven probes ideas of place, space, and memory, and revisits ancient book trade sites from St. Paul's Churchyard and Paternoster Row to Fleet Street, Little Britain, and Cornhill. Many traditional locations came to host new businesses and new social activities, and Raven shows how the transformation in publishing capacity relates to different sites of production. Raven reveals how particular sites allowed sharing and support between printers, stationers, and booksellers, and trade was boosted by nearby markets and services. Increased industry also attracted brash entrants to the book trade, not all of whom won approval."] [* Subject heading: history of publishing; history of the book trade; printers and printing; book industry; London *]

Raven, James. The Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade, 1450-1850. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007. [Publisher's description: "This book explores the history of the fundamental transformation [of the book], from the arrival of the printing press to the coming of steam. Through ground-breaking investigations of neglected aspects of book-trade history, Raven thoroughly revises our understanding of the massive popularization of the book and the dramatic expansion of its markets over the centuries."] [* Subject heading: history of the book; early printed books; early printed books: production; history of printing; history of publishing *]

Rees, Graham, and Maria Wakely. Publishing, Politics, and Culture: King's Printers in the Reign of James I and VI. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. [Publisher's description: "A thoroughly original reconstruction of the business and working methods, operations, savage rivalries, and international affairs of some of the leading printer/publishers of early seventeenth-century London."] [Contents: The king's printers: monopolies, business, and lawsuits -- Printing, litigation, prison -- Resources human and material -- The King's printers' Bible and Book of common prayer monopoly -- Special editions 1616-1620: folios fit for a king -- 1620: the King's printers' Annus mirabilis -- The King's printers' methods -- Stockholding, shops, and sales -- John Norton, John Bill, and the Frankfurt Catalogues -- John Norton, and John Bill: international trade -- Afterword: King James I and VI, and his printers.] [* Subject heading: history of publishing; publishers and publishing: London; seventeenth century *]

Vaidhyanathan, Siva. Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity. New York: New York University Press, 2001. [* Subject heading: history of publishing; textual criticism and editing; authors and authorship *]

Woodfield, Denis B. Surreptitious Printing in England, 1550-1640. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1973. [* Subject heading: history of publishing; early printed books: production; fictitious imprints *]

Bibliography: [ Some basic resources ] | [ General bibliography ] | [ History of the book ] | [ Literacy and education, medieval and early modern (readers and reading) ] | [ Archival research ] | [ Forgeries / bibliographic fraud ] | [ Dictionaries (historical) ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: Early Modern book culture ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: production ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: catalogues ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: facsimiles ] | [ Diplomatics: the study of historical documents ] | [ Printing, history of ] | [ Publishing, history of ] | [ Libraries and repositories, history of; book collecting ] | [ Manuscript culture ] | [ Manuscript culture: patronage ] | [ Manuscripts: codicology ] | [ Manuscripts: paleography ] | [ Manuscript production ] | [ Manuscript production: scribes and scribal practices ] | [ Manuscript production: decoration and illustration ] | [ Manuscript production: material culture (paper, bindings, etc.) ] | [ Manuscripts: catalogues and finding aids ] | [ Manuscripts: facsimiles and facsimile editions ] | [ Sigillography (the study of seals) ] | [ Textual criticism and editing ] | [ Keyword search of entire bibliography ]

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