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John Legate

(c. 1562—1620) printer


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Freed from the Stationers’ Company in 1586 (seeapprentices and apprenticeship), Legate left London and moved to Cambridge, where he became university printer in 1589. During his successful, if sometimes controversial career, he engaged in piracy, printed the first bible at Cambridge in 1591, challenged the Stationers’ Company's monopoly by producing cheap editions of the classics, and printed works by the popular theologians Perkins and Willet.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Bibliography.


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