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Publishing, Politics, and Culture: The King's Printers in the Reign of James I and VI

Graham Rees and Maria Wakely


Based on hitherto unexplored and unpublished legal and business records, this study presents the fullest account so far published of any London printing firm in the reign of James I. In particular it examines the businesses of men associated with that crucial instrument of cultural production: the King's Printing House. This institution stood four-square at the top of the London printing and publishing trade, for it monopolized the right to print the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and other indispensable works promoted or encouraged by the king. The office of King's Printer, initially owned ... More

Keywords: publishing trade, James I, London printing firm, King's Printing House, the Bible, Common Prayer, King's Printer, Robert Barker, John Bill, deceit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199576319
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576319.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graham Rees, author
Queen Mary College, University of London

Maria Wakely, author
Queen Mary College, University of London