A history of British publishing by John Feather

By John Feather

Completely revised, restructured and up to date, A heritage 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 present day. John Feather locations Britain and her industries in a world market and examines simply how ‘British’, British publishing rather is. contemplating not just the publishing itself, but additionally the parts affecting, and plagued by it, Feather lines the historical past of publishing books in Britain and examines: schooling politics expertise legislations faith customized category finance, creation and distribution the onslaught of world businesses. in particular designed for publishing and booklet background classes, this can be the single booklet to provide an total historical past of British publishing, and may be a useful source for all scholars of this interesting topic.

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Some had a profound influence on how the trade developed, on how publishing emerged as the dominant practice in the trade, and on how the publishers then became the leaders of the trade. Censorship in the late sixteenth century The crown first made special provision for the control of the press in the reign of Henry VIII. The effect of the proclamations and statutes of that time was to put in place a mechanism for pre-publication censorship. It was sufficiently effective to survive the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I, during which the English church first moved in a distinctively Protestant direction and then back to Rome.

Punishment of offenders ranged from confiscation and destruction of offending material, through fines, closure of bookshops and printing houses, seizure of equipment, imprisonment and mutilation or even death. None of this was contentious in principle in the mid-sixteenth century and, save for a brief interlude in the early 1640s, it was to remain comparatively uncontentious for 150 years thereafter. The problem for the authorities was how to make controls work effectively; the problem for the book trade 32 THE BOOK TRADE AND THE STATE 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 was how to co-operate with that process without damaging the profitability of the trade.

The Company therefore took a number of steps which allowed it to meet this requirement, but these can only be understood in a wider external context. At the same time as the Charter was confirmed, Elizabeth I issued a series of Injunctions which clarified the definition of what could and could not be printed. The most important provision 33 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 refined the earlier system of licensing by requiring new books to be approved either by six Privy Councillors or by any two of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the Bishop of London, the Bishop or Aldermen of the place of printing, or the Vice-Chancellors of the two universities.

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