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1620: The King's Printers' <i>Annus Mirabilis</i>

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576319.003.0007
1620: The King's Printers' Annus Mirabilis

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This chapter examines one year's work at the King's Printing House in 1620. The year 1620 was an annus mirabilis in at least two ways: (a) during no other year was it less certain as to who was King's Printer from one week to the next; and (b) during few if any other years can the output of the office have been greater than it was then. Accordingly the goal is not to see what the KPH produced in a typical year but to see what it produced when it was working at the top of its bent, both at the personal level and at the level of demand for its services.

Keywords: King's Printing House; printers; imprints

Chapter.  9615 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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