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Ian Gadd

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557318.001.0001

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The University and the Oxford Book Trade

The University and the Oxford Book Trade

(p.548) Chapter 18 The University and the Oxford Book Trade
The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I

Ian Gadd

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between the University and the local book trades. It considers Oxford's book trade prior to the arrival of printed books in the latter half of the fifteenth century, and explains why the vast majority of Oxford's book trade in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries sought to be seen as ‘privileged persons’, accountable to the University and not the town authorities. It offers an overview of Oxford's book trade as a whole, and considers the University's role as a regulator of the book trade, paying particular attention to the activities of the Chancellor's Court, the University's legal court.

Keywords:   Oxford, printing, publishing, legal court, book trade, privileged persons, urban government, regulation, Chancellor's Court

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