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A History of Cambridge University Press: Volume 1, Printing and the Book Trade in Cambridge, 1534-1698 (A History of Cambridge University Press)

McKitterick, David

Cambridge University Press
Published:September 28, 1992

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"...McKitterick's treatment is learned, lively, and authoritative." "McKitterick's tale is a rich and fascinating one, but it will take a particular and patient historical appetite to move comfortably through this feast of materials about the Tudor/Stewart book trade....He is fascinating on the commercial detail of publishing and the need for constant adaption to changing circumstances and markets. The central chapters on privileges and licensing, authors and printers, and the physical necessities of paper, type, and personnel constitute in themselves a major contribution to the relatively new genre of 'book history.' The volume is meticulously edited and produced...." David H. Stam, Albion "McKitterick's work is an extraordinarily rich and involving book which cuts across all sorts of historiographical categories. His sources range from university archives to auction catalogues, from literary criticism to economic history. He provides a model of institutional history as part of the wider history of culture and its production." Anita Guerrini, The Public Historian "...likely to provide the definitive history of the press for generations to come....a major reference source, and also a starting point for all future studies of Cambridge printing." David Stoker, Publishing Research Quarterly

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