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Guns, Barges, and Books:
Reassessing the Stationers’ Company of Early Modern London

Ian Gadd, Senior Lecturer at England’s Bath Spa University

Jan van der Straet. Nova reperta. Engraving, ca. 1600

The Stationers’ Company was a dominant force in the English book trade throughout the early modern period. With few exceptions, one could not be a successful printer or bookseller in post–1557 England without having some kind of relationship with the Company. Taking the printing and publishing of Shakespeare's First Folio as its starting point, scholar Ian Gadd explores what it meant to be a member of the Stationers' Company in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century London, and how the Company's interests and activities extended well beyond the production and sale of printed books.


From the July 21, 2011 summer lecture series in conjunction with the exhibition, Fame, Fortune, & Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio.



Ian Gadd
The Stationers Company

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