By John Feather
Completely revised, restructured and up to date, A historical past 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 areas Britain and her industries in a global industry and examines simply how ‘British’, British publishing fairly is. contemplating not just the publishing itself, but additionally the components affecting, and plagued by it, Feather lines the background of publishing books in Britain and examines: schooling politics expertise legislations faith customized classification finance, construction and distribution the onslaught of world agencies. particularly designed for publishing and e-book heritage classes, this is often the one ebook to provide an total heritage of British publishing, and may be a useful source for all scholars of this interesting topic.
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The underlying concern was with the censorship of religious dissent in print, with all its implications for creating political instability. It was for that reason that it was the ecclesiastical rather than the civil authorities who had general oversight of the press. The principal enforcement mechanism was through the High Commission, a court of law whose functions were to control opposition to the religious settlement and to enforce conformity with the Act of Settlement (1559) which was the statutory basis of the Church of England as the only lawfully permitted church in the kingdom.
This procedure survived the further religious changes under Edward VI (1547–53) and the Catholic reaction under Mary I (1555–8). Not until 1557 did the queen and the hard-pressed Council begin to seek an efficient but less burdensome alternative (Towers 2003: 18–22; see also below, pp. 33–7). The King’s Printer and the printing patents Censorship was not the only manifestation of royal interest in the book trade; from Henry VII’s reign onwards a series of privileges, patents and monopolies was granted to various individuals within the trade for various reasons, although these reasons are sometimes obscure (Clegg 1997: 7–8).
1, xxvi; Greg and Boswell 1930: lx–lxi; Pollard 1920: 10–12; Pollard 1937–8: 29–36), essentially revolving around whether the initiative came from the crown or from the guild. Grants such as that made to the Stationers in 1557 were 29 THE EARLY MODERN BOOK TRADE 1111 2 3 4 51 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 13 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 44111 normally the result of a petition to the crown asking for a charter or other document; if there was such a petition it has not survived, but the one document which is extant suggests that the normal procedures, which were in any case statutory, were followed (Pollard 1937–8: 32–3).
A history of British publishing by John Feather