‘A free Stationers wife of this companye’

Helen Smith

in 'Grossly Material Things'

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199651580
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741654 | DOI:
‘A free Stationers wife of this companye’

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Chapter Three moves into the world of the printing house, and the civic and corporate life of the Stationers. It provides a wealth of information about the extent and variety of women's work within the book trades, their centrality to the networks and genealogies that structured early print, and their ownership of crucial rights, properties and materials. The chapter surveys a wide range of evidence from the Company Registers to court cases, books by (and in one case about) women printers and booksellers, wills and other testimony. In the concluding section, Smith examines for the centrality of women stationers to the social, corporate and material life of the Stationers’ Company, demonstrating the need to significantly expand the range and types of labour that we understand to shape and constitute the early modern book.

Keywords: printing; bookselling; stationers company; London; guilds; Anne Griffin; Elizabeth Toye; literacy

Chapter.  22785 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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