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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 History of Oxford University Press: Volume I

Ian Gadd

Oxford University Press

The Introduction provides an overview of the history of printing and publishing at Oxford from 1478 to 1780, highlighting key events and themes. It explains how the University moved from appointing one or two university printers to managing its own printing house, and how scholars should use the term ‘university press’ cautiously in this period. It argues that the university printers and later the university press printed a much more diverse range of works than is often assumed, that scholarly ambition and commercial reality were not always mutually exclusive, and that, while William Laud, John Fell, and William Blackstone were key in the Press's history, other individuals also played crucial roles. Finally, it provides an account of the city's and university's development over that period, along with a brief explanation of changes in book trade practices.

Keywords:   Oxford, printing, publishing, university, book trade practices, scholarship, education, William Laud, John Fell, William Blackstone

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