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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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The Fell Era 1658–1686

The Fell Era 1658–1686

(p.78) Chapter 3 The Fell Era 1658–1686
The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I

Vivienne Larminie

Oxford University Press

The appointment of Samuel Clarke as Architypographus in 1658, the establishment of a new Delegacy of the Press in 1662 and the installation of presses owned by the University in the new Sheldonian Theatre in 1668 mark the beginnings of an institutional approach to the management of scholarly printing undertaken in the University's name. In 1671 the partnership of Leoline Jenkins, Thomas Yate, John Fell, and Joseph Williamson assumed control of the Learned Press and were directly answerable to the Delegates and through them to Convocation. The differing roles of Fell and his partners, as well as that of John Wallis, Keeper of the Archives, in the management of the Press are considered, and the commercial and scholarly successes and failures of the partnership are discussed. The chapter considers how Fell and his reforms differed from Laud's vision for the Press and concludes with Fell's death in 1686.

Keywords:   John Fell, Thomas Yate, John Wallis, Delegates, University of Oxford, learned press, Sheldonian Theatre, authors, privileged printing, London book trade

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