H-80. The Stationers’ Company to 1775 - Advance Reading List

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  • Required Reading

    Blagden’s history is still the only single-volume account of the history of the Stationers’ Company. It is dated, lacks detailed footnotes and is rather less informative than his various articles on the Company, but is nonetheless the best place to start. Reading at least one of the other three items listed here is also recommended.

    Blagden, Cyprian. The Stationers’ Company: A History 1403–1959. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1960.

    Myers, Robin, ed. The Stationers’ Company: A History of the Later Years, 1800–2000. Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd, 2001.

    Myers, Robin and Michael Harris, eds. The Stationers’ Company and the Book Trade 1550–1990. Winchester: St Paul’s Bibliographies, 1997.

    Blayney, Peter. The Stationers’ Company before the Charter, 1403–1557. London: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, 2003.

  • Further Reading

    Records

    Stationers’ Hall in London holds the Company’s extensive archive which dates back to the mid-sixteenth century. Nearly all the records prior to the twentieth-century have been microfilmed and were published in 1987. Robin Myers, the honorary Archivist of the Company, published a catalogue of the archives, keyed to the microfilm reels. A number of the early records of the Stationers’ Company have also been transcribed or indexed.

    The Records of the Stationers’ Company, 1554–1920. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1987. 115 reels of microfilm.

    Myers, Robin. The Stationers’ Company Archive, 1554–1984. Winchester: St Paul’s Bibliographies, 1990.

    Arber, Edward, ed. A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers, 1554–1640 AD. London & Birmingham, 1875–94. Five volumes.

    Eyre, G. E. Briscoe, ed. A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers from 1640–1708 A.D. London, 1913–14. Three volumes.

    Greg, W. W. and E. Boswell, eds. Records of the Court of the Stationers’ Company 1576 to 1602 from Register B. London: The Bibliographical Society, 1930.

    Jackson, William A. Records of the Court of the Stationers’ Company 1602 to 1640. London: The Bibliographical Society, 1957.

    McKenzie, D. F. and Maureen Bell. A Chronology and Calendar of Documents relating to the London Book Trade, 1641–1700. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Three volumes.

    McKenzie, D. F. Stationers’ Company Apprentices 1605–40. Charlottesville, VA: Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1961.

    McKenzie, D. F. Stationers’ Company Apprentices 1641–1700. Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1974.

    McKenzie, D. F. Stationers’ Company Apprentices 1701–1800. Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1978.

    Greg, W. W. A Companion to Arber. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967.

    Myers, Robin. “The Financial Records of the Stationers’ Company, 1605–1811.” In Economics of the British Booktrade 1605-1939, edited by Robin Myers and Michael Harris, 1–31. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1985.

    History

    Maureen Bell. “Women in the English Book Trades 1557-1700.” Leipziger Jahrbuch zur Buchgeschichte 6 (1996): 13–45.

    Blagden, Cyprian. “The English Stock of the Stationers’ Company.” The Library, 5th Series 10 (1955): 163–185.

    Blagden, Cyprian. “Charter Trouble.” The Book Collector 6:4 (1957): 369–377.

    Blagden, Cyprian. “The English Stock of the Stationers’ Company in the Time of the Stuarts.” The Library, 5th Series 12 (1957): 167–186.

    Blagden, Cyprian. “The Stationers’ Company in the Civil War Period.” The Library, 5th Series 13 (1958): 1–17.

    Blagden, Cyprian. “The Stationers’ Company in the Eighteenth Century.” Guildhall Miscellany (1959): 36–53.

    Blayney, Peter W.M. The Bookshops in Paul’s Cross Churchyard. London: The Bibliographical Society, 1990.

    Blayney, Peter W.M. “The Publication of Playbooks.” In A New History of Early English Drama, edited by John D. Cox and David Scott Kastan, 383–422. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

    Blayney, Peter W.M. The Stationers’ Company and the Printers of London, 1501–1557. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Two volumes.

    Ferdinard, C. Y. “Towards a Demography of the Stationers’ Company, 1601–1700.” Journal of the Printing Historical Society, 21 (1992): 51–69.

    Plant, Marjorie. The English Book Trade: An Economic History of the Making and Sale of Books. Second edition. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1965.

    Pollard, Graham. “The Company of Stationers Before 1557.” The Library, 4th Series 18:1 (1937): 1–38.

    Pollard, Graham. “The Early Constitution of the Stationers’ Company.” The Library, 4th Series 18:3 (1937): 235–260.