A Biographical History of Guy's Hospital

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 306 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1892. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. GUY AS A LONDON PUBLISHER. E have seen Guy established in business, and V V made free of the Stationers' Company and a liveryman of the City of London. How did he proceed to show his business capacity? Details are largely lacking, and we can only gather partial light. No doubt Maitland's account is to be taken as authentic evidence derived from those who knew. He says that at that time " the English Bibles printed in this kingdom being very bad, both in the Letter and Paper, occasion'd divers of the Booksellers of this City to encourage the Printing thereof in Holland, with curious Types and fine Paper; and imported vast Numbers of the same to their no small advantage. Mr. Guy soon coming acquainted with this profitable Commerce, became a large Dealer therein. But this trade proving not only very detrimental to the Publick Revenue, but likewise to the King's Printer, all Ways and Means were devis'd to quash the same; which being vigorously put in Execution, the Booksellers by frequent Seizures and Prosecutions became so great Sufferers that they judg'd a farther Pursuit thereof inconsistent with their Interest." A large dealer in foreign-printed Bibles--probably also Prayer-books and Psalms; that is all that we learn positively about Guy's early career as a publisher; and after some years he began to find the constant warfare with the king's printers too harassing and risky. But we must not judge him and his fellow-booksellers by present standards as to piracy. They lived in a time when everything was claimed by the king as his special possession, and such privileges as the grant of a license for printing were regarded as opportunities for making as much as possible out of the persons privileged-- whether for the king's privy purse or for that of his...

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