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Re: Printers and Stationers in Early Modern Writing
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2374  Thursday, 05 December 2002

From:           David Gants <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Dec 2002 09:30:36 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 13.2371 Printers and Stationers in Early Modern
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2371 Printers and Stationers in Early Modern
Writing

>I am interested in representations of Printers and Stationers in English
>seventeenth century literature (both elite and popular)

The various Chadwyck-Healey literary databases contain numerous passing
references to books, booksellers, printer, scribners and the like.
Bearing in mind the numerous limitations of these resources, a little
creative searching should turn up lots of useful information.  Try
looking for terms that describe not only trades (printer, bookseller,
etc.) but also those describing the physical aspects of the craft
(duodecimo, press, frisket, etc.)

If you have the patience I'd also suggest getting a hold of the UMI
Early English Book microfilm series or the digitized EEBO version of
that resource and reading through the front matter you find in most
books.  These epistles and prefaces and the like contain various
representations of agents involved in the book trade.  Much of it cannot
be taken at face value, but once you get a handle on the basic
discursive convention you should find a great deal relevant to your
interests.

Good luck,
D2

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