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The People of Print

Seventeenth-Century England

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 May 2023

Rachel Stenner
University of Sussex
Kaley Kramer
Sheffield Hallam University
Adam James Smith
York St John University
Georgina E. M. Wilson
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Joe Saunders
University of York
William Clayton
University of East Anglia
Jennifer Young
University of Greenwich
Alan B. Farmer
Ohio State University
Benjamin Woodring
Yale University, Connecticut
Michael Durrant
Bangor University
Verônica Calsoni Lima
Universidade de São Paulo
Rosalind Johnson
University of Winchester


This collection profiles understudied figures in the book and print trades of the seventeenth century. With an equal balance between women and men, it intervenes in the history of the trades, emphasising the broad range of material, cultural, and ideological work these people undertook. It offers a biographical introduction to each figure, placing them in their social, professional, and institutional settings. The collection considers varied print trade roles including that of the printer, publisher, paper-maker, and bookseller, as well as several specific trade networks and numerous textual forms. The biographies draw on extensive new archival research, with details of key sources for further study on each figure. Chronologically organised, this Element offers a primer both on numerous individual figures, and on the tribulations and innovations of the print trade in the century of revolution.
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