Day's privilege for The Cosmographical Glass, Westminster (1559)

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Citation:
Day's privilege for The Cosmographical Glass, Westminster (1559), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
John Day's privilege for printing William Conningham's The Cosmographical Glass (11 November 1559)

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Abstract:
An early example of a printing privilege granted to protect the printing of an individual work, in this case William Conningham's The Cosmographical Glass. The commentary describes the early attitudes of the monarchy towards the regulation of the printing trade within England, and the exercise of the royal prerogative in granting printing privileges not just to the royal printer, but to other favoured subjects both in relation to individual works as well as to entire classes of work (with the latter more often referred to as printing patents).

1 Commentary:
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Bibliography:
  • Siebert, F.S., Freedom of the Press in England 1476-1776 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1965)

  • Feather, J., A History of British Publishing (London & New York: Routledge, 1988)

  • Clegg, C.S., Press Censorship in Elizabethan England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)

  • Bennett, H.S., English Books & Readers, 1475 to 1557 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1952)


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1559: Day's The Cosmographical Glass

Author: N/A

Publisher: n.p.

Year: 1559

Location: Westminster

Language: English

Source: Photographed by the National Editor at the National Archives

Persons referred to:
Cawood, John
Cuningham, William
Day, John
Edward VI
Elizabeth I
Henry VIII
Jugge, Richard

Places referred to:
England
France
Ireland
London
Westminster

Cases referred to:
N/A

Institutions referred to:
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Legislation:
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Keywords:
Reformation, the
book trade
books, protected subject matter
censorship, pre-publication
duration
guild regulation
learning, the advancement of
penalties, paid to fiscal authorities
printing, history of
privileges, printing

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