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The Old Printer and the Modern Press : Cambridge Library Collection - Charles Knight

The Old Printer and the Modern Press

Cambridge Library Collection


Published: 4th March 2010
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Charles Knight's The Old Printer was first published in 1854 and is partly a biography of William Caxton and partly an account of the development of the printing press and its role in English literature from the fifteenth century. William Caxton was not only the first printer in England, but also a prolific translator and importer of books. He established a printing press at Westminster and among the books printed there were Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and The Subtil Histories and Fables of Esop. Knight describes Elizabethan reading habits and traces the development of the types of books, papers and magazines that were most popular with the reading public in the mid-nineteenth century. The author is particularly interested in the availability of cheap popular literature as he regards this as an indication of the democratisation of society.

Part I: 1. The Weald of Kent; 2. The mercer's apprentice; 3. Caxton abroad; 4. The court of Burgundy; 5. Rapidity of printing; 6. The press at Westminster; 7. Female manners; 8. The chapel; Appendix; Part II: 1. Cheap popular literature; 2. Imperfect civilisation; 3. Periodical literature; 4. Continued dearness of books; 5. London catalogue, 1816-1851; 6. Cheap fiction; 7. Degrees of readers; 8. Free libraries.

ISBN: 9781108009225
ISBN-10: 1108009220
Series: Cambridge Library Collection
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 4th March 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Library Collection
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43