Printing, Litigation, Prison

Graham Rees and Maria Wakely

in Publishing, Politics, and Culture

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576319
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722233 | DOI:
Printing, Litigation, Prison

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the continuing disputes between Barker and Norton. It then details John Bill's 1619 petition and his later fortunes. It shows that Norton lost his grip on the King's Printing House (KPH) with the decree of 1629, which found in favour of Robert Barker and left Norton in prison in 1630 and possibly beyond. The latter died in 1635, but Robert Barker continued as King's Printer even after being committed to prison for debt in the same year. He died there in 1645.

Keywords: London book trade; Robert Barker; John Norton; King's Printing House

Chapter.  10045 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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