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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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‘Printers to the University’ 1584–1658

‘Printers to the University’ 1584–1658

(p.50) Chapter 2 ‘Printers to the University’ 1584–1658
The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I

Jason Peacey

Oxford University Press

Between c.1584, when a Supplicatio formally requested the Chancellor's support in obtaining a royal grant to allow an university press, and 1658, which marked the appointment of Samuel Clarke as the University's first Architypographus, a succession of printers and printing partnerships were recognized as ‘printers to the University’. This chapter examines the influence of the University on the activities of these printers through financing, the supply of materials and premises, and the promotion or restriction of press output. The chapter analyzes the central roles of Chancellor William Laud and Gerard Langbaine, Keeper of the Archives, in acquiring the royal sanction of the University's right to print, the appointment of a delegacy to oversee printing, and the confirmation of these rights in the University's Great Charter of 1636. The political and social upheaval of the years surrounding the Civil War is assessed and its impact on the University and its printers considered.

Keywords:   Architypographus, Joseph Barnes, Samuel Clarke, Lichfield, Delegates, University of Oxford, Civil War, Great Charter, William Laud, privileged printing

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