By David McKitterick
This is often the 1st quantity in a brand new three-volume background of the college Press, as a way to ultimately convey the tale so far as sleek instances: the following quantity (on the eighteenth and 19th centuries) is in coaching. The historical past isn't just approximately college printers and their work--especially scholarly, schoolbook, Bible, prayer publication and almanac publishing (the college Printers have been England's biggest providers of almanacs within the past due 17th century)--but additionally concerning the remainder of the 17th century ebook exchange in Cambridge, London, continental Europe and North the United States.
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2 For terminology, and much of the technical background in the following pages, see Gaskell, New introduction, and Bernard Middleton, A history of English craft bookbinding technique, 2nd supplemented edn (1978). 3 D. F. McKenzie, ‘Typography and meaning: the case of William Congreve’, in G. Barber and B. , Buch and Buchhandel in Europa im achtzehnten Jahrhundert (Hamburg 1981), pp. 81–125; and McKenzie, Bibliography and the sociology of texts (Panizzi Lectures, 1985) (1986); J. J. McGann, A critique of modern textual criticism (Chicago 1983); and McGann, The beauty of inflections; literary investigations in historical method and theory (Oxford 1988), especially chapter II, ‘Textual studies and practical criticism’ (see also McGann's review of McKenzie's Panizzi Lectures in the London Review of Books, 18 February 1988, pp.
Cressy's summary of the principal statistics of the number of editions published each year in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries can now be supplemented by P. Rider's chronological index in STC, vol. 3. There are however still no comprehensive estimates for the period as a whole, while Rider's figures are at once over-comprehensive for this purpose (being based on STC's bibliographical distinctions, which often allocate several numbers to the same edition, and record even the most minute piece of print with as much care as the fattest book) and inadequate in that they cannot include the many books now entirely lost: on this see Franklin B.
Clavell, General catalogue of books printed in England … to the end of Trinity Term MDCLXXX (1680), ‘To the reader’. For auctions, see J. Lawler, Book auctions in England in the seventeenth century (1898), and Pollard and Ehrman, pp. 216–48. Auctions had been long established in the Low Countries: see B. van Selm, Een menighte trefelijcke Boecken; Nederlandse boekhandelscatalogi in het begin van de zeventiende eeuw (Utrecht 1987). For booksellers' anxiety at the effect of auction sales on existing practices at Leiden in 1608, see J.
A History of Cambridge University Press, Vol. 1: Printing and the Book Trade in Cambridge, 1534-1698 by David McKitterick