Department of English

University of Toronto

Blayney, Peter

Peter Blayney
Adjunct Professor; Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: (Home) 416-604-9771
Office Location: (Home) 281 South Kingsway, Toronto, Ontario M6S 3V3
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBA

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
An extensive revision of the history of the London book trade during the 16th and early 17th centuries. Searching the archives for overlooked records of the activity of those who printed and marketed the books of the period, and re-examining all the primary evidence already known (especially concerning regulation, censorship, and printing privileges). A book nearing completion will show for the first time exactly how the Stationers’ Company, which in 1500 was a minor craft association of retail booksellers, book-scribes, and binders, came to be given a nationwide monopoly of printing in 1557. A planned sequel will continue the story until 1616, and the death of the last surviving Stationer made free before the 1557 charter transformed the Company.

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