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John Norton, and John Bill: International Trade

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/9780199576319.003.0011
John Norton, and John Bill: International Trade

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The Frankfurt catalogues tell us a lot about the continental trade of John Bill and John Norton, but they do not tell us enough. Although the evidence of the catalogues is rich and slippery, this chapter argues that it is relatively one-dimensional when set alongside the extraordinary evidence afforded by the letters of Thomas Bodley, and the records of the Officina Plantiniana. These sources not only place the evidence of the catalogues in a longer, broader, and more generous perspective, they also carry us as far as we are ever likely to travel into the very heart of Bill and Norton's tireless activity as international traders, entrepreneurs, and publishers.

Keywords: John Norton; John Bill; Bodley; Officina Plantiniana

Chapter.  12606 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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