Resources Human and Material

Graham Rees and Maria Wakely

in Publishing, Politics, and Culture

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576319
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722233 | DOI:
Resources Human and Material

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This chapter addresses the following questions: How did they run the King's Printing House (KPH), an institution that stood at the summit of the London printing trade in the Jacobean period? How did they run a business that had to be in a position at short notice, and often at its own expense, to satisfy the market or royal demands for the production of everything from a broadside proclamation to a folio church Bible? These questions could be answered by asking a range of subsidiary questions: for instance, how did the KPH acquire type, paper, ink and all the myriad material objects on which the business depended? How did it organize its printing of its products, and their subsequent storage and distribution? The chapter looks further at some of the personnel involved in the KPH, and especially at those who were not immediate members of the Barker, Bill, and Norton families: the compositors, pressmen, correctors, accountants, legal advisors, warehouse keepers, shopkeepers, apprentices, and miscellaneous servants.

Keywords: King's Printing House; collectors; legal advisors; illustrators; book trade affiliates; material resources; apprentices; shopkeepers

Chapter.  9502 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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