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Cambridge University Press 1584-1984 - Michael Black

Cambridge University Press 1584-1984

By: Michael Black, Gordon Johnson (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 29th May 2000
ISBN: 9780521664974
Number Of Pages: 356

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This readable and informative chronicle traces the unique history of the world's oldest press. It tells the story of the development of printing and publishing in the University of Cambridge, from the medieval system of resident stationers who dealt in manuscripts to the present international printing and publishing house. The story is told in the proper context of the growth of the University, which has inevitably determined the history of the Press itself; in the history of the book trade as a whole; and in the intellectual and political history of England, which at times has affected the fortunes of the Press. Amusing anecdotes and vivid descriptions of powerful and colorful personalities help to make the story enjoyable to read.

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'This is a most handsome, well-written and well-researched account ... a distinguished and on the whole soberer one than the curiously disjointed history of its ancient rival.' Church Times 'Cambridge University Press has a history of which it is justly proud, and in Mr Black has found a historian who has done full justice to this remarkable story.' The Library 'Black has written a landmark study of a unique British institution. The scholarly publishing community is richer for this study of its origins.' Educational Studies 'This an altogether admirable book, hugely enjoyable and informative ... Black's prose is lucid and frequently witty, while the work is far less self-serving than most volumes of a similar kind.' Nature

Preface Foreword Gordon Johnson
Precursors the stationers and Siberch
The Letters Patent of 1534 the Stationers' Company
The foundation of the Press Thomas Thomas
Early printers
The Commonwealth and Restoration
Bentley's 'public Press'
The eighteenth century
The nineteenth century I
The nineteenth century II
R. T. Wright and the Secretaryship
Waller and Roberts as Secretaries Lewis as Printer
From 1945 to 1972
Recovery 1972-74
Charitable status recognised
From 1974 to 1984
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ISBN: 9780521664974
ISBN-10: 0521664977
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 29th May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 14.73  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45