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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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An International Press

An International Press

(p.600) Chapter 20 An International Press
The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I

Ian Gadd

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets university printing and publishing at Oxford in an European context. Oxford was unusual in moving from appointing a university printer — which was standard practice elsewhere in Europe — to managing its own printing and publishing activities, something only very few other universities in the period attempted to do. In enabling this transition, William Laud and John Fell may have been influenced by the activities of institutional presses such the Imprimerie Royale in Paris and the Propaganda Fide in Rome. The second half of the chapter considers the international reach of the books printed by the university printers and university press at Oxford, with particular attention paid to the large holdings of Oxford books at libraries in Berlin, Göttingen, Wolfenbüttel, Leiden, Uppsala, and in North America as well as in various eighteenth-century private collections. It also considers the ways in which the export trade in Oxford books operated.

Keywords:   Oxford, Europe, North America, Berlin, international, bookselling, publishing, printing, university press

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