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The History of Oxford University Press: Volume IBeginnings to 1780$
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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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Printing at Oxford in its European Context 1478–1584

Printing at Oxford in its European Context 1478–1584

(p.30) Chapter 1 Printing at Oxford in its European Context 1478–1584
The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I

Kristian Jensen

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the earliest printers in Oxford, from the first unknown printer of Rufinus' commentary on the Apostolic Creed in 1478 and Theodoric Rood in the 1480s, through John Scolar in 1517, to Joseph Barnes, who benefited from a Supplicatio submitted to Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester and Chancellor of the University in c.1584, requesting support in obtaining royal permission formally to print books for the University. The careers and publications of these different printers are considered, both in a local and a wider European context, as are their differing relationships to the University itself. This ‘prehistory’ of university printing in the city of Oxford is further contextualized through an examination of publishing in other European university cities, particularly Venice, Paris, Cologne, and Leipzig, and of the impact of the wider book trade on printing in Oxford and on the University more generally.

Keywords:   international trade, classics, University of Oxford, book prices, Theodoric Rood, John Scolar, Carolus Kyrfoth, Joseph Barnes, Cambridge

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