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Becoming Normal? Law Printing in the 1630s

Becoming Normal? Law Printing in the 1630s
91 Charles Street W., Alumni Hall, Old Victoria College 112
Time: Mar 2nd, 4:15 pm End: Mar 2nd, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Law, Faculty of , Information, Faculty of, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Criminology, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Book History/Print Culture, 1500-1800
Toronto Centre for the Book lecture by Ian Williams, University College London

The Toronto Centre for the Book is pleased to present:

Ian Williams, Faculty of Laws, University College London

Becoming Normal? Law Printing in the 1630s

False attributions of authorship, unauthorized printings, competing editions and complaints about quality were hardly unusual in early-modern printing. But these problems were virtually unheard of in relation to English legal printing after the grant of the monopoly patent in the 1550s. Nevertheless, they all appear in English legal printing from around 1630, despite the continued existence of the patent. In this paper I shall present the evidence that something changed in common-law printing around 1630 and that legal printing came to look much more like other parts of the printing trade. In doing so I hope to cast some light on changes in the nature of the law patent and in the relationship between the legal profession and legal printers.

Ian Williams flyer

Ian Williams is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Laws at University College London and has been a Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge, and at the Huntington Library. Ian’s research interests are in early-modern legal history, in particular legal scholarship, including law books and the Inns of Court, and legal theory. These interests come together in work on legal reasoning, where legal theory and legal scholarship are applied in individual cases, mixing the history of ideas with histories of the book and reading.

This event is free and open to all.  For further information, please contact the office of the Collaborative Program in Book HIstory and Print Culture.

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Presented by the Toronto Centre for the Book in association with the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the Faculty of Law and the Friends of the Victoria University Library.

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