Afterword: King James I and VI, and His Printers

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:
Afterword: King James I and VI, and His Printers

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the hybrid nature of King's Printers: they were part agencies of royal government, part private publishing enterprises, and part national or international book-trading operations. In the first of these capacities, the King's Printers were obliged to act, often at their own expense, for the king when royal policy demanded it. In the other two capacities, and always at their own expense, they did their best to make private profits by investing their own capital to produce editions at the king's behest, or works at their own initiative, as well as by trading in their own or others' products in the domestic and overseas markets. The chapter also discusses the Coronia regia affair — a satire written against the relationship that existed in print between James I, the scholarly community, and John Bill — the importance of international trade, and James's politico-cultural ambitions.

Keywords: King's Printers; printing; James I

Chapter.  3460 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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