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American Tract Society

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography.

The American Tract Society, whose name dates from 1825 after a merger between the New York Religious Tract Society and the New England Tract Society, began publishing for children in ...

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Benjamin Harris

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 (c.1647–1720) After a career as a radical Protestant publisher in London,

Harris emigrated to Boston in 1686, opening a bookshop and coffee house. He was responsible for the Prote...

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Cheap Repository Tracts

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A series of over one hundred entertaining moral tales, ballads, sermons, and Bible stories published by the Cheap Repository press (1795–8), many of which are by the evangelical writer...

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Children's Books

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Andrea Immel

1 Introduction2 Origins and development3 Children’s texts as printed books4 The MS book5 Defining the children’s book

1 Introduction

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Elizabeth Mallet

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When her husband David died in 1683, Elizabeth took their son as apprentice, running two presses from premises near Fleet Bridge. By 1693, her son had failed to build a successful career...

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George Thomason

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 (c.1602–66) London bookseller.

*Apprenticed in 1617 to the bookseller Henry Fetherstone in St Paul’s Churchyard, Thomason was made free of the Stationers’ Company in 1626, and...

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licensing

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Well before the advent of print, ecclesiastical officials sometimes forbade the copying of particular works, while granting various forms of official sanction to others. Later, in Roman...

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Martin Marprelate

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The name assumed by the authors of a number of anonymous pamphlets (seven survive) issued in 1588–9 from a secret press, containing attacks in a mocking, rollicking style on the ...

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Pamphlets

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One or more printed sheets, stabbed or sewn together, containing a single essay, treatise, exposition, or other matter too short to make a book. From Lat. Pamphilus, the title of ...

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prison libraries

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Religious books—mostly bibles and tracts—were brought into European and colonial American prisons as early as the 17th century. Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Jail (1790s) established a...

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