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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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