Nathaniel Butter

(c. 1573—1664) bookseller

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Much of Butter's early publishing was ephemeral, but his high points included the first quarto of King Lear (1608). One of the earliest English publishers of periodical news, he used a newsbook form adapted from Dutch corantos. The news he published made for a turbulent career (including gaol); he and his partner, Nicholas Bourne, were satirized by Jonson in his Staple of News (first performed 1626).

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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