Slanderous, Scandalous, Raving, Irreligious, Seditious and Other Thoughts on Printing During the Protestant Reformation in England

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Frontispiece of Marchand’s Histoire de l’origine et des premieres progres d’imprimerie (La Haye, 1740). This copperplate by J.V. Schley includes portraits of Gutenberg, Fust, Coster, Caxton, Aldus and Etienne. via.

I recently stumbled across a review of this lecture, The Gutenberg Galaxy Revisited: Print, Drama, and the English Reformation, by Dr. Aaron Kitch, an English professor at Bowdoin College. The review presents a succinct overview of his lecture on including the political ramifications of the introduction of movable type printing presses to England during Reformation. I know this is not everyone’s cup of tea, so I will keep this brief. Anyone interested in the History of the Book and the role printing played in historical events, and how that role was later framed, will find it worth a few minutes.

And the illustrations used are really great, the first is the image above by J.V. Schley of a printing press descending from heaven and below by Matthias Huss of Death attacking a print shop for its sinful activities.
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From La Grant Dance Macabre, printed by Matthias Huss, Lyons, 1499

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