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History of Oxford University Press Volume I Beginnings to 1780,9780199557318
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History of Oxford University Press Volume I Beginnings to 1780



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The story of Oxford University Press spans five centuries of printing and publishing. Beginning with the first presses set up in Oxford in the fifteenth century and the later establishment of a university printing house, it leads through the publication of bibles, scholarly works, and the Oxford English Dictionary, to a twentieth-century expansion that created the largest university press in the world, playing a part in research, education, and language learning in more than 50 countries. With access to extensive archives, The History of OUP traces the impact of long-term changes in printing technology and the business of publishing. It also considers the effects of wider trends in education, reading, and scholarship, in international trade and the spreading influence of the English language, and in cultural and social history-both in Oxford and through its presence around the world.

This first volume begins with the successive attempts to establish printing at Oxford from 1478 onwards. Ian Gadd and sixteen expert contributors chart the activities of individual university printers, the eventual establishment of a university printing house, its relationship with the University, and influential developments in printing under Archbishop Laud, John Fell, and William Blackstone. They explore the range of scholarly and religious works produced, together with the growing influence of the University Press on the city of Oxford, and its place in the book trade in general.

Author Biography

Ian Gadd is Professor of English Literature at Bath Spa University. He is a General Editor of the Cambridge Works of Jonathan Swift.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Introduction to Volume I, Ian Gadd
Part I: Establishing the Press
1. Printing at Oxford in its European Context 1478-1584, Kristian Jensen
2. 'Printers to the University' 1584-1658, Jason Peacey
3. The Fell Era 1658-1686, Vivienne Larminie
4. The Fell Legacy 1686-1755, Matthew Kilburn
5. The Blackstone Reforms 1755-1780, Matthew Kilburn
6. The University and the Press 1584-1780, Andrew Hegarty
7. The Workplace: Places, Procedures, and Personnel, 1668-1780, Martyn Ould
Part II: Learned and Bible Publishing 1585-1780
8. A Learned Press in a Commercial World, John Feather
9a. The Learned Press: Printing for the University: Catalogues of the Bodleian Library and Other Collections, Richard Ovenden
9b. The Learned Press: Printing for the University: Ephemera and Frequently Reprinted Works, Martyn Ould
10. The Learned Press: Geography, Science, and Mathematics, Vittoria Feola and Scott Mandelbrote
11. The Learned Press: Divinity, William Poole
12a. The Learned Press: Classics and Related Works: Classics, P. R. Quarrie
12b. The Learned Press: Classics and Related Works: New Year Books, University Verses, and Neo-Latin Works, David Money
13. The Learned Press: Oriental Languages, Alastair Hamilton
14. The Learned Press: History, Languages, Literature, and Music, Matthew Kilburn
15a. The Learned Press: Law, Vittoria Feola
15b. The Learned Press: Medicine, Peter Murray Jones
16. The Bible Press, Scott Mandelbrote
17. The Printed Page, Paul Luna and Martyn Ould
Part III: The Press in its Local, National, and International Context 1584-1780
18. The University and the Oxford Book Trade, Ian Gadd
19. The Press and the London Book Trade, Ian Gadd
20. An International Press, Ian Gadd
Conclusion, Ian Gadd

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