Star Chamber Decree, Westminster (1637)

Source: Durham University Library: Arber, E., A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London, 1557-1640, 5 vols. (London: n.p., 1875-94) 4: 528

Star Chamber Decree, Westminster (1637), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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A Decree of Starre-Chamber Concerning Printing

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The commentary describes how, by comparison with earlier decrees (see: uk_1566; uk_1586), the 1637 Decree provided a more elaborate system for licensing both ecclesiastical and secular works as well as a more comprehensive set of regulations to govern the operation of the printing trade. As a regulatory measure, it is widely regarded as representing the high point of the Company of Stationers' control and authority over the book trade.

1 Commentary:

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

  • Patterson, L.R., Copyright in Historical Perspective (Nashville: Vanderbilt University, 1968)

  • Loewenstein, J., The Author's Due: Printing and the Prehistory of Copyright (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2002)

  • Clegg, C.S., Press Censorship in Jacobean England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

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Author: N/A

Publisher: Robert Barker

Year: 1637

Location: Westminster

Language: English

Source: Durham University Library: Arber, E., A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London, 1557-1640, 5 vols. (London: n.p., 1875-94) 4: 528

Persons referred to:
Alsop, Bernard
Badger, Richard
Bankes, Sir John
Beale, John
Bishop, Richard
Bodley, Sir Thomas
Cotes, Thomas
Coventry, Thomas, 1st Baron Coventry
Dawson, John
Elizabeth I
Fifield, Alexander
Flesher, Miles
Griffin, Edward
Grismand, John
Harper, Thomas
Haviland, John
Hodgkinsonne, Richard
Islip, Adam
Juxon, William
Kingstone, Felix
Laud, William
Legat, John
Miller, George
Nichols, Arthur
Parsons, Marmaduke
Purfoot, Thomas
Purslow, Thomas
Raworth, John
Wright, Thomas
Young, Robert

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Bodleian Library, Oxford
Church of England
Court of High Commission
Star Chamber
Stationers' Company
Stationers' Hall
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford

Star Chamber Decree 1586

Stationers' Company
attribute, obligation to
book trade
censorship, pre-publication
employer/employee relations
guild regulation
law books
religious works

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