History of Oxford University Press: Volume I: Beginnings to 1780
Ian Gadd, Simon Eliot, William Roger Louis, Keith Robbins
OUP Oxford, 2013 - Business & Economics - 710 pages
The story of Oxford University Press spans five centuries of printing and publishing. Beginning with the first presses set up in Oxford in the fifteenth century and the later establishment of a university printing house, it leads through the publication of bibles, scholarly works, and the Oxford English Dictionary, to a twentieth-century expansion that created the largest university press in the world, playing a part in research, education, and language learning in more than 50 countries. With access to extensive archives, The History of OUP traces the impact of long-term changes in printing technology and the business of publishing. It also considers the effects of wider trends in education, reading, and scholarship, in international trade and the spreading influence of the English language, and in cultural and social history - both in Oxford and through its presence around the world. This first volume begins with the origins of printing in Oxford when Thomas Rood, a business associate of William Caxton, first brought a printing press to the city in the 1480s. Ian Gadd and sixteen expert contributors chart the eventual establishment of a university printing house, its relationship with the University, and influential developments in printing under Archbishop Laud and John Fell. They explore the range of scholarly and religious works produced, together with the growing influence of the University Press on the city of Oxford, and its place in the book trade in general.
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