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By John Feather

ISBN-10: 0203358988

ISBN-13: 9780203358986

ISBN-10: 0203375742

ISBN-13: 9780203375747

ISBN-10: 0415026547

ISBN-13: 9780415026543

This finished background (first released in 1987) covers the full interval within which books were published in Britain. even though Gutenberg had the sting over Caxton, England fast verified itself within the vanguard of the foreign publication alternate. The sluggish technique of copying manuscripts gave option to an more and more subtle alternate within the revealed be aware which introduced unique literature, translations, broadsheets and chapbooks or even the Bible in the purview of an more and more large slice of society. robust political forces persevered to regulate the booklet exchange for hundreds of years ahead of the primary of freedom of opinion was once demonstrated. within the 19th and early 20th centuries the contest from pirated united states versions - the place there have been no copyright legislation - supplied a strong chance to the alternate. this era additionally observed the increase of remaindering, affordable literature, and plenty of different 'modern' good points of the exchange. the writer surveys these kinds of advancements, bringing his heritage as much as the current age.

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35 The problem was economic; the number of freemen was increasing, but the number of Master Printers was virtually fixed and unchanging. In the early 1580s the troubles came to a head. 36 Day was, as the chief patentee, the first victim. A petition by the unprivileged freemen to the Privy Council in 1577 named the ABC, which Day owned, as a major grievance, and meanwhile piracy of it grew apace. 37 In the same year, John Wolfe also pirated both the ABC and the ABC and Little Catechism for which William Seres had the patent.

It is true that some printers were, in effect, the patrons of their authors. 33 Nevertheless, the patronage system was inevitably modified by printing. 36 Young authors sought a patron in or close to court circles to support them and to lend respectability, as Shakespeare did in dedicating Venus and Adonis to the Earl of Southampton, or, among lesser authors, George Puttenham when he dedicated his Arte of English Poesie (1589) to Burleigh, Elizabeth’s Lord Treasurer. Patrons, however, were unable and unwilling to lend their names to the very works which were becoming most profitable to the book trade.

43 The creation of the English Stock out of crown patents was an achievement as noteworthy as the Company’s de facto takeover of crown licensing. The ruling oligarchy had strengthened their hold on the trade, and even in making concessions to the poorer freemen they had evolved a system which gave the yeomanry a vested interest in maintaining the rule of their superiors. As a pragmatic solution it was ingenious, but it did not address the fundamental problem: too many men chasing too little work.

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