The Stationers' Company
The City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries

ARCHIVE NEWS

January 2023

Welcome home to Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book

Welcome home to Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book

18 JANUARY 2023

This week the Archive welcomed a seventeenth-century prayer book back from the National Conservation Service’s studio in Dalston CLR James Library. Here we take a look at the conservation work carried out, and share some pages from this exquisite volume.

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November 2022

The London Cry, 1955

The London Cry, 1955

7 NOVEMBER 2022

A fascinating new deposit has been added to the Stationers’ Company Archive, courtesy of Emeritus Past Master Patrick Shorten and late Past Master Sir Ray Tindle. It’s a collection of eight issues of the London Cry, an unofficial newsletter published in April 1955, when strike action halted the Fleet Street presses.

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August 2022

Blake and the Stationers

Blake and the Stationers

4 AUGUST 2022

This 4th August 2022 marks 250 years since the apprenticeship of William Blake to Stationer and engraver James Basire. Although Blake chose not to take up the Freedom of the Stationers’ Company himself, this apprenticeship was one of the most significant periods of his life.

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May 2022

Interpreting Error: A Stationers' Company Conference - July 29th, 2022

Interpreting Error: A Stationers' Company Conference - July 29th, 2022

23 MAY 2022

In partnership with the University of Newcastle, the Stationers' Company Archive is delighted to announce the programme for our first conference in our newly re-opened Hall. 

*Please note that the programme has been revised, 19/07/2022. This is to accommodate an earlier finish for attendees affected by train strikes on Saturday 30th July .

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'Monsters, Myths and Methods': online presentation by James Raven, Wednesday 4th May

'Monsters, Myths and Methods': online presentation by James Raven, Wednesday 4th May

3 MAY 2022

James Raven (Cambridge), ‘Monsters, Myths and Methods: Writing a Global Book Biography of Erik Pontoppidan’s Det første Forsøg paa Norges naturlige Historie (1752-3) [ The Natural History of Norway (1755)]’

  • Venue: Zoom (see below for details)
  • Start: Wed, 04 May 2022 16:00:00 BST
  • End: Wed, 04 May 2022 17:00:00 BST
Main image: Frontispiece of 1752 edition,  https://mineralogicalrecord.com/new_biobibliography/pontoppidan-eric/

 

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January 2022

1787: Thomas Cadell publishes Robert Burns

1787: Thomas Cadell publishes Robert Burns

25 JANUARY 2022

To mark Burns night, we look at the story of Burns’s first publication in London by Stationer Thomas Cadell (1742–1802).

Main image left: title page of first London edition of Burns's Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect; right: portrait of Thomas Cadell by Sir William Beechey
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2022 Summer schools at the Institute of English Studies

2022 Summer schools at the Institute of English Studies

6 JANUARY 2022

After the turmoil of the last couple of years, you may be wary of making travel plans for next summer. But you can still expand your horizons, with these exciting summer schools run by the University of London's Insitute of English Studies.

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PhD at the Stationers' Company - applications now open!

PhD at the Stationers' Company - applications now open!

6 JANUARY 2022

We're excited to announce that the Stationers' Company Archive is partnering with the Universities of Durham and Newcastle to offer a fully funded research opportunity into early modern apprentices in the print trades. Our project, The Importance of Youth in the Early Modern Economy: Apprentices and their peer-networks, 1605-1800, has been approved for Collaborative Doctoral Award funding by the AHRC’s Northern Bridge Consortium.

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August 2021

James Basire

James Basire

4 AUGUST 2021

This day in the archive: 4th August

On the 4th of August, 1772, William Blake was bound as an apprentice to the engraver James Basire. Blake, of course, went on to become one of the most important visionary artists and poets in England. Basire's story is less well-known, but as a Stationer, a leading engraver of his day, and a significant early influence on Blake, it's worth telling here.

Main image: William Blake's apprenticeship to James Basire, recorded on 4th August 1772. Apprentice register 1763-1786, Stationers' Company Archive TSC/1/C/05/01/04
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July 2021

Buried in Woollen

Buried in Woollen

26 JULY 2021

This day in the archive: 26th July

On 26th July 1678, an unusual entry was recorded in the Stationers' Register. It's the wording of an affidavit form, to be completed by two witnesses who 'doe severally certifie and make oath that the corps of the person of ... late of the parish of ... was not put in, wrapt or wound up or buried in any shirt, shift or shroude made or mingled with flax, hemp, silke, haire, gold or silver, or other then what is made of sheepe's woll onely.' The affidavit goes on to specify that the coffin must also be lined in wool.

Main image:  Entry of copy for form of words of affidavit, 1678. Stationers' Company Archive, Liber F TSC/1/E/06/05
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Luke Hansard

Luke Hansard

5 JULY 2021

This day in the archive: 5 July

Luke Hansard, printer to the House of Commons, was born on the 5th July 1752. An exceptionally successful printer who established a thriving family business, he joined the Stationers' Company as a Liveryman in 1799. He endowed two charitable bequests, one for 'needy printers over the age of 65', the other for a 'neatly bound Church of England prayer book' to be given to every youth bound at the hall. He also ensured that all three of his sons were apprenticed through the Company. Two generations later, his grandson, Thomas Curson Hansard II served as Master to the Stationers' Company in 1886. It was Thomas who presented the Company with Samuel Lane's portrait of Luke, which now hangs in the Court Room of Stationers' Hall.

Main image: Portrait of Luke Hansard by Samuel Lane, Stationers' Company collection.
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June 2021

Apprenticeship of Nathaniel Ponder

Apprenticeship of Nathaniel Ponder

2 JUNE 2021

This day in the archive: 2 June

On the 2nd of June 1656, Nathaniel Ponder was apprenticed to the bookseller and Stationer Robert Gibbs. Ponder went on to have an eventful career in publishing. He oversaw the publication of several nonconformist works of divinity and political pamphlets. His dissenting views sometimes brought him into conflict with the authorities, and he was notoriously imprisoned for publishing a seditious work by Andrew Marvell.  Today, he is best remembered as the publisher of The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Main Image:  Record of Ponder's apprenticeship, .Apprentice register volume 1, 1605-1666, Stationers' Company Archive, TSC/1/C/05/01/01
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