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This comprehensive history reviews the story of British publishing, from Caxton--who set up the first press in England--to the present. The author reviews the early trade in bibles, popular ballads and chapbooks, and the ever-widening range of literature bought by the expanding literate public. He also recounts the tight government control exerted by the Tudors and Stuarts, through the agency of the Stationers' Company. Wide-ranging and lucidly written, "A History of British Publishing "offers an unprecedented comprehensive study of a critical industry.

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