Department of English

University of Toronto

Blayney, Peter

Peter Blayney
Adjunct Professor; Graduate Faculty
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Research Interests
Early Modern Book Trade, Bibliography

B.A. (London), Ph.D. (Cambridge).

Representative Publications

The Stationers’ Company and the Printers of London, 1501–1557. 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

“John Day and the Bookshop That Never Was.” In Material London, ca. 1600, ed. Lena Cowen Orlin, 322–43. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.

“The Publication of Playbooks.” In A New History of Early English Drama, ed. John D. Cox and David Scott Kastan, 383–422. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

“The Numbers Game: Appraising the Revised STC.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 88 (1994): 353–407.

The Bookshops in Paul’s Cross Churchyard. Occasional Papers of the Bibliographical Society, 5. London: The Bibliographical Society, 1990.

The Texts of “King Lear” and Their Origins. Volume 1, Nicholas Okes and the First Quarto. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. Reprinted 2007.

Current research
As always, the focus of my research is the history of the London book trade during the 16th and early 17th centuries. A sequel to my book on the Stationers’ Company, with the provisional title, The Stationers’ Company and the Origins of Copyright, 1557–1616, has been temporarily interrupted by a study of the extraordinary history of the revision and printing of the Book of Common Prayer in 1559. Far too complex to discuss as just an early event in a 60-year narrative, the publication of that book involved the close cooperation of more than half the printing houses in London, and eleven printers of whom only seven belonged to the Stationers’ Company.

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