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Thomas Thomas

(1553—1588) printer and lexicographer


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Famously described in a Marprelate tract as ‘that puritan Cambridge printer’, Thomas established the university press at Cambridge in 1583. W. Cecil, Lord Burghley, the university's chancellor, supported Thomas against the Stationers’ Company, which opposed his press as a threat to their monopoly. In the tradition of the scholar-printers, Thomas compiled and published an affordable selection from Ovid and a Latin dictionary, as well as contemporary theological works.

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