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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 Workplace: Places, Procedures, and Personnel 1668–1780

The Workplace: Places, Procedures, and Personnel 1668–1780

(p.192) Chapter 7 The Workplace: Places, Procedures, and Personnel 1668–1780
The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I

Martyn Ould

Oxford University Press

The core occupations of the printing house — type-casting, composing, proofing, printing, distributing, gathering, and collating — remained largely unchanged during the period studied in this book, and the technology of printing with its wooden presses, hand-made paper, and hand-set type remained similarly consistent. This chapter thus considers how these particular working practices and technologies were implemented in Oxford. It discusses the awkward organization of printing activities in the Sheldonian Theatre, with printing presses in the basement and compositors ceding the main floor to university ceremonies, and describes other buildings in Oxford used for printing and warehousing. The design of the new Clarendon Printing house allowed both the Bible Press and the Learned Press to operate in one building from 1713. The roles of the Architypographus and Warehouse Keeper are examined, as are the working conditions within the Press. The sources of the paper, type, and illustrations used by the Learned Press are also catalogued.

Keywords:   working practices, technology, Sheldonian Theatre, Clarendon Printing House, printing press, paper, typography, working conditions, Architypographus, Warehouse Keeper

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