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Completely revised, restructured and up to date, A heritage of British Publishing covers six centuries of publishing in Britain from ahead of the discovery of the printing press, to the digital period of at the present time. John Feather areas Britain and her industries in a global market and examines simply how ‘British’, British publishing particularly is. contemplating not just the publishing itself, but in addition the parts affecting, and stricken by it, Feather lines the historical past of publishing books in Britain and examines: schooling politics know-how legislation faith customized classification finance, creation and distribution the onslaught of worldwide organisations. particularly designed for publishing and ebook heritage classes, this can be the one booklet to provide an total historical past of British publishing, and may be a useful source for all scholars of this interesting topic.

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The generously defined and widely exercised royal prerogative was a fundamental tool of this process. Printing did not escape. While Richard III’s parliament had encouraged foreigners to come to England to practise the various branches of the book trades (see above, p. 17), Henry VIII (1507–47) issued a proclamation in 1528 which strictly limited the number of aliens employed and forbade aliens from opening new bookshops or printing houses. At the same time, they were strongly encouraged to take English apprentices.

Livery companies were expected to regulate the quality of the work done by their members; for the Stationers this meant that they had to find some means of controlling the quantity and quality of the books their members produced. It also, however, had implications for the control of their contents, since no regulation of the book trade made sense unless this crucial element were to be taken into account. At the same time, regulating the competition between members for the general good also necessitated some system which would identify who had the right to print and sell particular titles.

Printing did not escape. While Richard III’s parliament had encouraged foreigners to come to England to practise the various branches of the book trades (see above, p. 17), Henry VIII (1507–47) issued a proclamation in 1528 which strictly limited the number of aliens employed and forbade aliens from opening new bookshops or printing houses. At the same time, they were strongly encouraged to take English apprentices. In 1534, the 1484 Act itself was repealed, printing restricted to English subjects and strict controls imposed on imports by foreigners (Avis 1972).

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