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subscribed the Names of some of the Privy Council hereunto; being an Order in the Starchamber: viz. the Lord Keeper Bacon, Marquis of Winchester, Lord Treasurer, Earl of Leicester, Lord Clynton, Lord Admiral, Secretary Cecil, and others. Which was occasioned by a Motion of those of the Commission Ecclesiastical under their Hands. These Ordinances were designed for the preventing the bringing in, or printing Books against the Religion established, and were as follow.

Ordinances decreed for Reformation of divers Disorders in printing and uttering of Books.


THAT no person shall print, or cause to be imprinted, nor shall bring, or cause or procure to be brought into this Realme imprinted, any Booke of Copie, against the forme and meaning of any Ordinance, Prohibition, or Commandement conteyned, or to be conteyned, in any the Statutes or Lawes of this Realme, or in any Injunctions, Letters Patents, or Ordinances, passed or set forth, or to be passed or set forth, by the Queenes most Excellent Majesties Graunt, Commision or Authoritie.

Ordinances for printing and uttering of Books.

THAT whosoeuer shall offend against the said Ordinances, shall not onely forfeite all such Bookes and Copies as shalbe so printed or brought in, but also shall from thenceforth neuer vse or exercise, nor take benefite by any vsing or exercising of the Feate of Printing; and shall susteine three moneths imprisonment, without baile or maineprise. And if he be not before such offence bound with suerties in forme hereafter expressed, then he shall also forfaite for euery offence.

THAT no person shall sell, vtter, put to sale, binde, stitche, or sowe any such Bookes or Copies so printed or brought in, contrarie to the said Ordinance, vpon paine to forfaite all such Bookes and Copies, and for euery Booke xxs.

THAT all Bookes to be so forfaited, shalbe brought into the Stationers Hall in London, and there the one moitie of all such forfaitures of money shalbe reserued to the Queenes Majesties vse, and the other moitie shalbe deliuered to him or them that shall first seise the same Bookes or Copies, or make complaint thereof to the Wardens of the said Companie: and all the Bookes so to be forfaited, shalbe destroyed or made waste paper, by the discretion of the said Wardens.

THAT it shalbe lawful for the Wardens of the said Companie for the time being, or any two of the said Companie, thereto deputed by the said Wardens, as well in any Portes, as other suspected places within this Realme, to open and viewe all Packes, Drifattes, Maunds, and other thinges, wherein Bookes or Paper shall be conteyned, brought into this Realme, and also to make search in all Workehouses, Shoppes, Warehouses, and other places of Printers, Bookesellers, or such as bring Bookes into this Realme to be solde, or where they shall have reasonable cause of suspition. And all Bookes to be found against the said Ordinances, to seise and carrie to the said Hall to the vses abouesaide, and the parties therein offending, to leade and presente before the Queenes Majesties Commissioners in causes Ecclesiastical.

THAT euery Stationer, Printer, Bookeseller, Marchant, and other person, vsing any trade of Bookes printing, binding, selling, or bringing into this Realme, shall before the said Commissioners, or before any other persons, thereunto to be assigned by the Queenes Majesties most honourable Priuie Counsel, enter into seuerall recognisaun-ces of reasonable summes of money to her Majesties vse, with suerties or without, as to the said Commissioners shall be thought expedient: that he shall truely obserue all the said Ordinances, well and truely yeelde and pay all such forfaitures, and in no point be resisting, but in all things ayding to the said Wardens and their Deputies, for the true execution of the premises.

Vpon the consideration before expressed, and vpon the motion of the Commissioners: We of the priuie Counsell haue agreed this to be obserued and kept, vpon the paines therein conteyned. At the Starre Chamber the xxix. day of Iune, Anno 1566. and the eight yeere of the Queenes Majesties reigne.
N. Bacon, C.S. Winchester.
R. Leycester. E. Clynton.
E. Rogers. F. Knollis. W. Cecill.
Ambr. Caue.

We vnderwritten thinke these Ordinances meete and necessarie to be decreed and obserued.
Mathew Cantuar.
Edm. London.
Ambr. Caue.
Dauid Lewes.
Thomas Yale.
Rob. Weston.
T. Huycte.

IN the Year 1575, some certain Persons endeavoured to obtain from the Queen a Privilege for the sole printing of all Ballads, Damask Paper, and Books in Prose or Meeter, from the Quantity of one Sheet of Paper to four and twenty. The Company of Stationers made a Petition to the Lord Treasurer, for stay of this: setting forth, how it would be the Overthrow of a multitude of Families: And that by the imprinting of these the Company was chiefly maintained. So as if the same were taken from them by way of Privilege, they should be utterly undone. Whereof if the Queen were advertised, they were sure she would not pass such a Grant. Wherefore they prayed the Treasurer, who had aforetime always been favourable to them in all their Causes, that he would acquaint the Queen with the Premisses, and be a means that the said Privilege might not be granted.

Printing of Ballads, &c. done by the Company.

Other Privileges there were, which the Queen sometimes had granted to some Stationers for their Propriety in certain Copies; whereby all others were abridged from printing the same: And some of these Copies, such as before were indifferently printed by any of that Calling, to the great Sustentation of them and their Families. Which Advantage was by these Privileges taken from them. Thus

Privileges granted to particular Printers.

John Jugge, besides the being her Majesty's Printer, had the Privilege for printing of Bibles and Testaments. The which had been common to all the Printers.


Richard Tothil, the printing of all kind of Law Books, (common before to all Printers) who sold the same Books at excessive Prices, to the hindrance of a great number of poor Students.


John Day, the printing of A B C, and the Catechism, with the sole selling of them, by the colour of a Commission. These Books were the only Relief of the poorest sort of that Company.


James Roberts and Richard Watkins, the printing of all Almanacks and Prognostications. The which was also the chief Relief of the poorest of the Printers.


Thomas Marsh, had a great License for Latin Books, used in the Grammar Schools of England.



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