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The King's Printers' Methods

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/9780199576319.003.0008
The King's Printers' Methods

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This chapter looks at some of the practices employed by the King's Printers to produce editions of the kind considered in the previous chapters. It starts from shorter and, from a production point of view, simpler (or apparently simpler) editions, then proceeds to the longer and more demanding. It begins with editions published at short notice and, in particular, documents which the government wanted to reach the public fast. Among the simplest documents produced by the King's Printers were royal proclamations. Characteristically these were made up of one, two, or three folio sheets, with each sheet printed on one side only. This chapter also considers the printing of large books and Bacon's Instauratio magna.

Keywords: King's Printers; royal proclamations; printing; Bacon; Bibles; Instauratio magna

Chapter.  12715 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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