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‘Certaine women brokers and peddlers’

Helen Smith

in 'Grossly Material Things'

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199651580
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741654 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199651580.003.0005
‘Certaine women brokers and peddlers’

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Chapter Four moves beyond the London book trades, investigating those women who operated outside London or contested the rights and privileges of the Stationers’ Company. The opening section details the women who sought and won printing privileges and patents, while the rest of the chapter moves from social location to the particular topographies of the book trades, charting London stationers’ sales networks, the activities of peripatetic saleswomen, and the political dangers of pamphlet-hawking at the beginning of the civil wars. This chapter makes an important contribution to the study of the provincial book trades in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and emphasises the importance of English links to the printing centres of Northern Europe, especially in the dissemination of Catholic books.

Keywords: provincial book trades; archipelagic England; continental printing; patents; privileges; Margery Trundle; topographies

Chapter.  18579 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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