The Oxford University Press: An Informal History

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Clarendon Press, 1978 - History - 303 pages
Oxford University Press is one of the oldest and best-known publishing houses in the world. This history, originally published to mark 500 years of printing in Oxford, traces the transformation of the Press from a lucrative Bible house into a great national and international publishingbusiness. Great names in the early history of the Press, like Laud, Fell, and Blackstone, laid sound foundations, but as late as 1870 it was thought necessary to remind the Delegates that publishing books was not 'entirely beside their function'. Even in the 1890s there were still those preparedto censure the University for allowing its Press to publish the secular and profane literature of Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare.
 

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Contents

PROLOGUE xih PART I 18001860
1
The Bible Press
4
The Press and the Tractarians
8
A Society of Shy Hypochondriacs
11
VIGILANT SUPERINTENDENCE 1 The Call of the Metropolis
16
The Clarendon Press Series
19
Alexander Macmillan
24
Bartholomew Price
27
The Joint Venture
145
The Clarendon Aristotle
148
The Fowlers and the Dictionary
150
History in Ragtime
158
Views from the Outside
162
THE GREAT WAR 1 The Pamphlet War
172
Volunteers and New Recruits
175
Cannan Repels Invaders
178

The Oxford History School
33
Towards the End of Partnership
36
Oxford India Paper
39
Teaching and Research
41
Commissioners and Custodians
45
The Revised Version
48
The New English Dictionary
53
Benjamin Jowett ViceChancellor
58
THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR OF LYTTELTON GELL 1 Over Pattisons Dead Body
66
Progress of the Press 18851891
77
Gells Twelve Masters
80
The New York Branch
89
Oxford Classical Texts
91
DistrustfullyDoom
92
Decline and Fall
97
CAESAR AND THE ALLIGATOR 1 Making the Press what it ought to be
107
The Oxford Book of English Verse
119
Fell Types and Facsimile Reprints
125
Sir Walter Raleigh and the Oxford English School
128
Building the London Business
140
Passing of the Old Order
181
Business as Usual
183
The Dictionary of National Biography
185
The Death of Cannan
187
THE INTERWAR YEARS 1 Reconstruction
190
Passage to India
200
The London Business
202
The Music Department
210
Overseas Education
213
The D N B Supplement
216
A Stable of Dictionaries
218
Companions
223
Science
227
The Oxford History of England
230
The Rumpus
232
After the Rumpus
244
PART VII THE SECOND WORLD
248
EPILOGUE
263
INDEX
291
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