Lost Books and Printing in London, 1557-1640

An Analysis of the Stationers' Company Register


Lost Books and Printing in London, 1557-1640 is the first attempt to analyse systematically the entries relating to lost books in the Stationers’ Company Register. Books played a fundamental role in early modern society and are key sources for our comprehension of the political, religious, economic and cultural aspects of the age. Over time, the loss of these books has presented a significant barrier to our understanding of the past. The monopoly of the Stationers’ Company centralised book production in England to London with printing jobs carried out by members documented in a Register. Using modern digital approaches to bibliography, Alexandra Hill uses the Register to reclaim knowledge of the English book trade and print culture that would otherwise be lost.

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Alexandra Hill, Ph.D. (2017), University of St Andrews, is a former Research Assistant at the Universal Short Title Catalogue Project at the university. She compiled the project’s data on lost books printed in England and has published articles on the topic.
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Introduction: Print Culture and the Stationers’ Company

1 The Lamentable Tale of Lost Ballads
2 ‘What newes said one? sad newes said some’: A True Relation of Lost News
3 A Godly Exposition of Lost Religious Print
4 The Lost Arts of Learning and Leisure
5 Conclusion: Patterns of Loss and Survival

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Scholars and students interested in book history and lost print as well as people interested in the history of early modern England, the Stationers’ Company in London and communication.
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