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									      Johann Gutenberg
  1456, Mainz, “Mazarin” Bible
          William Caxton
       1477, Westminster,
Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres
    Elizabeth Eisenstein

The Printing Press as an Agent of
              Change
          (2 vols., 1979)

The Printing Revolution in Early
    Modern Europe (1983)
Booksellers in the Gross are
taken for little better that a
pack of Knaves and Atheists.
   John Dunton, London Bookseller, 1705.
          Stationers Company
             Licensed 1577
•   Register
•   Court
•   English Stock
•   Book of Common Prayer
•   …almanacs
The Royal Society

    Membership
    Transactions
   John Flamsteed

     Royal Astronomer
Historia Coelestis Britannica
 If thou dislik’st the Piece thou light’st upon first;
   Thinke that of All, that I have writ, the worst:
    But if thou read’st my Booke unto the end,
   And still do’st this, and that verse, reprehend:
       O Perverse man! If All disgustfull be,
The Extreame Scabbe take thee, and thine, for me.
         ROBERT HERRICK, Hesperides (London, 1648), 3
                   Questions
• How can you create a knowledge structure in a
  society that has no fixed printed knowledge?
• What is the role of technology in a society’s change?
• When the Royal Society was formed to create some
  fixed text, what was its relation to the established
  order?

								
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