John Norton, John Bill, and the Frankfurt Catalogues

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:
John Norton, John Bill, and the Frankfurt Catalogues

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This chapter focuses on Norton and Bill's continental trips and their origins, what they bought and sold abroad, and the nature of their engagement with continental businesses in the production of books overseas. It also attempts to identify some of the continental printers and/or publishers with whom the Englishmen dealt. Three indispensable sources bear on these topics: the letters of Sir Thomas Bodley to his librarian Thomas James, the business records of the Officina Plantiniana at Antwerp, and the catalogues of the twice-yearly book fairs at Frankfurt. The first, the Bodley letters, have been published, but the testimony of the letters is best understood in the context of the other two sources.

Keywords: John Norton; John Bill; Frankfurt Catalogues

Chapter.  13956 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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