British Literary Print Culture for Our Readers
Added: 2017-09-14 17:25:00

Dear Readers, 

From 14 September to 14 October, "Literary Print Culture", an unique archive relating to the history of printing, publishing and book selling dating from 1554 to the twentieth century, is available via intranet.


With the introduction of printing into England in 1476 printers began to join the Guild, which consequently increased in importance and received a Royal Charter of incorporation in 1557. In 1559 it was granted the right to have a livery. The Company's Charter gave it powers to restrict printing and to search for seditious or heretical books. Company members were therefore secured from outside competition, but they still had to settle disputes among themselves, such as who owned the text of a particular work to be printed. This led to two unique aspects of the Company: the invention and maintaining of copyright for more than three centuries, and the running of trading concerns known as Stocks. The most prominent of the Stocks was the joint stock publishing company the English Stock, founded in 1603 by royal grant. It traded until 1961.

Today the Company has over 900 members, the vast majority of whom are senior executives in the complete range of trades within the Communications and Content industries, from paper, print, publishing, packaging, office products, newspapers, broadcasting and online media. 

"Literary Print Culture: The Stationers' Company 1557-2007" is part of the British digital library, ,bringing together unique digital library collections of English speaking countries in the most innovative ways. 

For  more information click on the links and pictures above, or ask at the Marjory and Oliver Wardrops Anglo-American reading Hall.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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