The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume IV. Prose and Poetry: Sir Thomas North to Michael Drayton.

XVIII. The Book-Trade, 1557–1625


Arber, E. A transcript of the registers of the Company of Stationers of London, 1554–1640. 5 vols. Privately printed, 1875–94.

British Museum catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland and Ireland, and of books in English printed abroad to the year 1640. 3 vols. 1884.

Dibdin, T. F. Typographical antiquities. Begun by Joseph Ames, augmented by William Herbert. 4 vols. 1810–19.

Hazlitt, W. C. Hand-book to the popular, poetical, and dramatic literature of Great Britain. 1867. Bibliographical Collections and Notes. 6 vols. 1876–1903. Index by Gray, G. J. 1893.

Herbert, W. Typographical antiquities: or an historical account of printing in Great Britain and Ireland. Begun by Joseph Ames. 3 vols. 1785–90.

Sayle, C. E. Early English printed books in the University Library, Cambridge (1475–1640). 4 vols. Cambridge, 1900–7.

Arber, E. A list of 837 London publishers between 1553 and 1640. Birmingham, 1890. (An advance issue of part of vol. V of the Transcript of the Stationers’ register.)

Ballads. See bibliography to Chap. XVI.

Bibliographical Society. Transactions and Monographs. 1893 ff.

Bigmore, E. C. and Wyman, C. W. H. A bibliography of printing. 3 vols. 1880–6.

Chatto, W. A. and Jackson, J. A treatise on wood engraving. 1861.

Colvin, S. Early engraving and engravers in England (1545–1695). 1905.

Contributions towards a dictionary of English book-collectors. Parts I–XIII. Quaritch, B., 1892–9.

Duff, E. G. A century of the English book trade, 1457–1557. Bibliographical Society. 1905.

—— Notes on stationers from the Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1523–4. The Library, 1908, pp. 257–266.

—— The printers, stationers and bookbinders of Westminster and London from 1476 to 1535. Cambridge, 1906.

—— The stationers at the sign of the Trinity. Bibliographica, vol. 1, 1895.

Elton, C. I. and M.A. The great book-collectors. 1893.

Fletcher, W. Y. English book collectors. 1902.

Greg, W. W. A list of English plays written before 1643 and printed before 1700. Bibliographical Society. 1900.

—— A list of masques, pageants, etc.; supplementary to A list of English plays. Bibliographical Society. 1902.

—— On certain false dates in Shakespearian quartos. The Library, 1908, pp. 113–131, 381–409. See also Athenæum, 1908, vol. 1, 544, 574, 669.

Griffiths, L. M. Evenings with Shakspere. 1887. (For printers and publishers of Shakespeare’s works.)

Hand-lists of English printers, 1501–1556. 3 parts. Bibliographical Society. 1895–1905.

Lee, S. Life of William Shakespeare. 1908.

Nichols, J. G. Notices of the Stationers’ Company. Lond. and Middlesex Archaeological Soc. Trans. II, 1864.

Plomer, H. R. A short history of English printing. 1900.

—— Abstracts from the wills of English printers and stationers, 1492–1630. Bibliographical Society. 1903.

—— Bishop Bancroft and a catholic press. The Library, 1907, pp. 164–176.

—— New documents on English printers and booksellers of the 16th century. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. IV, 1898.

—— Notices of English stationers in the archives of the city of London. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. VI, 1901.

—— Notices of printers and printing in the State Papers. Bibliographica, vol. II, 1896.

—— Some notes on the Latin and Irish stocks of the Company of Stationers. The Library, 1907, pp. 286–297.

—— The Long Shop in the Poultry. Bibliographica, vol. II, 1896.

—— The printers of Shakespeare’s plays and poems. The Library, 1906, pp. 149–166.

Pollard, A. W. Early illustrated books. 1893.

—— English books printed abroad. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. III, 1896; and in Old Picture Books, 1902.

—— Some notes on English illustrated books. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. VI, 1903.

—— Woodcuts in English plays, printed before 1660. The Library, 1900, pp. 71–88.

Reed, T. B. A History of the old English letter foundries. 1887.

“Richard Robinson’s Eupolemia, Archippus, and Panoplia.” 1603. (A manuscript containing an account of his literary earnings.) Gentleman’s Mag. ccc, 277 (April, 1906).

Rivington, C. R. A short account of the worshipful Company of Stationers. Privately printed, 1903.

—— Notes on the Stationers’ Company. The Library, 1903. pp. 355–366.

—— The records of the worshipful Company of Stationers. Lond. and Middlesex Archaeological Soc. Trans. VI, 1885: also published separately, 1883, and in vol. V of Arber’s Transcript.

Rogers, J. E. T. A history of agriculture and prices in England. Vols. IV and V. Oxford, 1882–7. (For the prices of books, paper, etc.)

Sayle, C. E. Initial letters in early English printed books. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. VII, 1904.

Scintilla, or a light broken into darke warehouses. With observations upon the monopolists of seaven severall patents and two charters. Practised and performed by a mistery of some printers, sleeping stationers, and combining book-sellers. 1641. Rptd. in Arber’s Transcript, vol. IV.

Sheavyn, Ph. Patrons and professional writers under Elizabeth and James I. Writers and the publishing trade, c. 1600. The livelihood of the professional writer, c. 1600. Writers and official censors under Elizabeth and James I. The Library, 1906–7. Four articles.

Smith, G. The Frankfort book-mart. The Library, 1900, pp. 167–179.

Steele, R. The earliest English music printing. Bibliographical Society. 1903.

Strype, J. Life and acts of Matthew Parker. 3 vols. Oxford, 1821.

—— Life and acts of John Whitgift. 3 vols. Oxford, 1822.

Taylor, John. All the workes of John Taylor the water-poet. Being sixty and three in number. 1630. Rptd. by the Spenser Society. 3 vols. 1863–9.

—— Works, not included in the folio volume of 1630. 5 vols. Spenser Society. 1870–8.

—— Works. Ed. by Hindley, C. 1872. (Contains 21 of the principal works.)

For list of Taylor’s pieces see D. of N. B. and Hindley’s edition of the works. See, also, Southey, R., Essay on the lives and works of our uneducated poets (prefixed to Attempts in verse by John Jones, 1831.)

Timperley, C. H. A dictionary of printers and printing. 1839.

Watt, R. Bibliotheca Britannica; or a general index to British and foreign literature. 4 vols. Edinburgh, 1824.

Welch, C. St. Paul’s Cathedral and its early literary associations. Lond. and Middlesex Archaeological Soc. Trans., N.S., I, 1905.

Wheatley, H. B. Signs of booksellers in St. Paul’s Churchyard. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. IX, 1908.

—— The dedication of books to patron and friend. 1887.

Williams, J. B. A history of English journalism. 1908. (For early newspapers.)

Wither, G. The schollers purgatory, discovered in the stationers’ common wealth. Imprinted for the Honest Stationers [c. 1624].

Worman, E. J. Alien members of the book-trade during the Tudor period. Bibliographical Society. 1906.


Thomas Berthelet, royal printer and bookbinder to Henry VIII. By Davenport, C. Caxton Club. Chicago, 1901.

—— Notes on the types, borders, etc., used by Thomas Berthelet. By Greg, W. W. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. VIII, 1907.

Edward Blount. An Elizabethan bookseller. By Lee, S. Bibliographica, vol. I, 1895.

Henry Bynneman, printer, 1566–83. By Plomer, H. R. The Library, 1908, pp. 225–244.

Robert Copland (printer and translator). By Plomer, H. R. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. III, 1896.

John Day, the printer. By Nichols, J. G. Gentleman’s Mag., Nov., 1832.

Henry Denham, printer. By Plomer, H. R. The Library, 1909, pp. 241–250.

Thomas East, printer. By Plomer, H. R. The Library, 1901, pp. 298–310.

William Pickering, the earliest bookseller on London Bridge, 1556–71. By Gray, G. J. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. IV, 1896–8.

John Rastell and his contemporaries. By Plomer, H. R. Bibliographica, vol. II, 1896.

Peter Short, printer, and his marks. By Thompson, S. P. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. iv, 1898.

Richard Tottel. By Plomer, H. R. Bibliographica, vol. III, 1897.

—— Tottel’s Miscellany. By Greg, W. W. The Library, 1904, pp. 113–133.

Robert Wyer, printer and bookseller. By Plomer, H. R. Bibliographical Society. 1897.

The D. of N. B. should also be consulted for notices of the more important stationers and sources of fuller information.


Allnutt, W. H. English provincial presses. Bibliographica, vol. II, 1896.

Bowes, R. A catalogue of books printed at or relating to Cambridge, 1521–1893. With Index by Worman, E. J. 2 vols. Cambridge, 1894.

—— Biographical notes on the [Cambridge] University printers. Cambridge Antiquarian Soc. Communications, V, 1886.

Bowes, R. and Gray, G. J. John Siberch, bibliographical notes, 1886–1905. Cambridge, 1906.

Bradshaw, H. Bibliographical introduction to facsimile of Henrici Bulloci Oratio, Cambridge, 1521. Cambridge, 1886. (Notes on Siberch’s press. See, also, Cambridge Antiq. Soc. Proc. VII, 104, 188; VIII, 31; IX, 1.)

Burton, J. R. Early Worcestershire printers and books. Associated Architectural Societies’ Reports, XXIV, 197–206. 1897.

Cotton, H. Typographical gazetteer. 2 vols. 1831–66.

Davies, R. A memoir of the York press. Westminster, 1868.

Duff, E. G. Notes on a book printed at York in 1579. Edinburgh Bibliographical Soc. Papers, III, 1899.

—— The printers, stationers and bookbinders of York up to 1600. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. V, 1901.

Gibson, S. Abstracts from the wills of binders, printers, and stationers of Oxford, 1493–1638. Bibliographical Society. 1907.

Gray, G. J. The earlier Cambridge stationers and bookbinders and the first Cambridge printer. Bibliographical Society. 1904.

Madan, F. A brief account of the University Press at Oxford. Oxford, 1908.

—— A chart of Oxford printing, “1468”–1900. Bibliographical Society. 1904.

—— The early Oxford press, “1468”–1640. Oxford, 1895.

Pierce, W. An historical introduction to the Marprelate tracts. 1908.

Plomer, H. R. A secret press at Stepney in 1596. The Library, 1903, p. 236.

Proctor, R. The French royal Greek types and the Eton Chrysostom. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. VII, 1904.

Wilson, J. D. A new tract from the Marprelate press. The Library, 1909, pp. 225–240. See also Chap. XVII and bibliography in Vol. III.

Aldis, H. G. A list of books printed in Scotland before 1700. Edinburgh Bibliographical Society. 1904.

—— Scottish Bibliography. Scottish Review, XXIX, 1897.

—— Thomas Finlason and his press. Edinburgh Bibliographical Soc. Papers, 1, 1896.

Bannatyne Miscellany, vol. 2. Bannatyne Club. Edinburgh, 1836. (For wills and inventories of Edinburgh printers and stationers.)

Cowan, W. Andro Hart and his press. Edinburgh Bibliographical Soc. Papers, 1, 1896.

Dickson, R. and Edmond, J. P. Annals of Scottish printing to the beginning of the 17th century. Cambridge, 1890.

Dobson, W. T. History of the Bassandyne Bible. Edinburgh, 1887.

Edinburgh Bibliographical Society. Papers. 1896 ff.

Edmond, J. P. The Aberdeen printers, 1620–1736. Aberdeen, 1886. Last notes on the Aberdeen printers. 1888.

—— Notes on the inventories of Edinburgh printers, 1577–1603. Edinburgh Bibliographical Soc. Papers, 1, 1896.

History of the art of printing. James Watson, Edinburgh, 1713. (For the history of Scottish printing.)

Lee, J. Memorial for the Bible Societies in Scotland. Edinburgh, 1824. Additional memorial. Edinburgh, 1826. (Contain much information relating to early Scottish printers.)

Dix, E. R. McC. Catalogue of early Dublin-printed books, 1601–1700. Dublin, 1898–1905.

—— List of books, pamphlets, & c., printed wholly, or partly, in Irish. Dublin, 1905.

—— The earliest Dublin printers and the Company of Stationers of London. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. VII, 1904.

—— The earliest Dublin printing. Dublin, 1901.

—— The ornaments used by John Franckton, printer at Dublin. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. VIII, 1907.

Printing in the Irish character. (Letters from Bradshaw, H., to Reed, T. B.) The Bibliographical Register, 1905.


Maunsell, A. The first part of the catalogue of English printed bookes: which concerneth such matters of divinitie, as have bin either written in our owne tongue, or translated out of anie other language. 1595.

—— The seconde parte of the catalogue of English printed bookes … which concerneth the sciences mathematicall, as arithmetick, geometrie, astronomie, astrologie, musick, the arte of warre, and navigation: and also, of phisick and surgerie. 1595.

Catalogus universalis pro nundinis Francofurtensibus vernalibus, de anno M.DC.XVII. John Bill, London, 1617.

This list was published twice a year, in April and October, and at least twenty-four numbers (April, 1617, to October, 1628) are known to have been issued. From October, 1622, to October, 1626, a supplement of Books printed in English was appended to each number.

A catalogue of such English bookes, as lately have bene, and now are in printing for publication. From the ninth day of October, 1618, untill Easter terme next ensuing. And … to be continued for every half year. W. Jaggard, London, 1618. (No further issue has been found.)

A catalogue of certaine bookes which have been published, and (by authoritie) printed in England, both in Latine and English, since the yeare 1626, untill November this present yeare 1631. Now published for supply since the intermission of the English Catalogue, with intention hereafter to publish it exactly every yeare. London, 1631. (No further issue has been found.)

Arber, E. Contemporary printed lists of books produced in England. Bibliographica, vol. III, 1897.

Growoll, A. Three centuries of English booktrade bibliography. New York, 1903. (Contains a list, by Eames, W., of the catalogues, etc., published for the English book trade from 1595–1902.)


Bagford’s Notes on bookbindings. Ed. Davenport, C. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. VII, 1904.

Brassington, W. S. Historic bindings at the Bodleian Library. 1892.

Catalogue of the exhibition of bookbindings at the Burlington Fine Arts Club. 1891.

Davenport, C. English embroidered bookbindings. 1899.

—— English heraldic book stamps. 1909.

—— Little Gidding bindings. Bibliographica, vol. II, 1896.

—— Royal English bookbindings. Portfolio monographs. 1896.

Fletcher, W. Y. English armorial book stamps and their owners. Bibliographica, vol. III, 1897.

—— English bookbindings. 1896. Rptd. from The Portfolio, 1893.

—— English bookbindings in the British Museum. 1895.

Gibson, S. Early Oxford bindings. Bibliographical Society. 1903.

—— The localization of books by their bindings. Bibliographical Soc. Trans. VIII, 1907.

Gray, G. J. The earlier Cambridge stationers and bookbinders. Bibliographical Society. 1904.

Holmes, R. R. Specimens of royal, fine, and historical bookbinding selected from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. 1893.

Horne, H. P. The binding of books, an essay in the history of gold-tooled bindings. 1894.

Prideaux, S. T. An historical sketch of bookbinding. 1893. (Contains a chapter on early stamped bindings by Duff, E. G.)

Quaritch, B. Facsimiles of choice examples of historical and artistic bookbinding in the 15th and 16th centuries. 1889.

Weale, W. H. J. Bookbindings and rubbings of bindings in the National Art Library South Kensington Museum. 2 parts. 1894–8.

Wheatley, H. B. Remarkable bindings in the British Museum. 1889.