William Stansby

(c. 1572—1638) printer and bookseller

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Apprenticed to John Windet in 1589 and freed in 1597, Stansby ran one of the largest printing businesses in London, producing small quantities of high-quality texts by famous authors such as Donne, Ralegh, Drayton, and Jonson, whose Workes he printed in 1616. Despite a difficult relationship with the Stationers’ Company during the early 1620s, Stansby recovered his position, and was eventually elected to the livery.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Bibliography.

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