The Stationers’ Company Archive is one of the most important resources for understanding the workings of the early book trade, the printing and publishing community, the establishment of legal requirements for copyright provisions and the history of bookbinding. Explore extremely rare documents dating from 1554 to the 21st century in this invaluable resource of research material for historians and literary scholars.
The collection includes the registers of entries of copies which were used to establish publishers', booksellers' and eventually authors' copyright until the introduction of automatic copyright in 1912. Mapping the origins of copyright, the registers are key sources for the study of publishing in early modern England, and include historic entries such as Shakespeare’s First Folio (included on p.69 of Liber D November 8th 1623). The Company’s records also document the life of one of the world’s longest running publishing companies, the English Stock (1603-1960), which held the monopoly for many years over a number of popular and frequently re-published works (Adam Matthew).