This is a history of Cambridge University Press, the oldest press in the world. These volumes chart the history from 1534 to 1972. 1534 saw the University being granted a charter by Henry VIII to print in Cambridge. By the 1970's the Press had become an international organisation with authors and customers worldwide.
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Donald Francis McKenzie (1931 1999) was one of the foremost bibliographers of the twentieth century, and his contributions to the history of the book continue to exert great influence on the field. Early in his career, he made a detailed study of the archives of Cambridge University Press, focusing on the period 1696 1712. In the course of his research, McKenzie discovered quite different working practices and patterns from what had previously been assumed, and this two-volume book, published in 1966, revolutionized the study of printing history. The discoveries described here were the foundation of much of McKenzie's subsequent work as he applied his findings from this specific case study to the world of early modern printing in general. The second volume consists of transcriptions of the minutes of the Press' governing Curators (now referred to as the Syndics), the Press' accounts, bills and receipts."