Abbey to City: Early Printing and the Stationers' Company

To celebrate the publication of Peter Blayney’s The Stationers’ Company and the Printers of London, 1501-1557 by Cambridge University Press, the Library and Archives Committee of the Stationers' Company is pleased to invite you to 'Abbey to City: Early Printing and the Stationers' Company'.

Exhibition from 5.30 pm to 9.15 pm
Speakers at 6.30 pm and finger buffet at 8.00 pm

The evening will focus on the early history of the printed book in England, in the period before the in-corporation of the Stationers’ Company in 1557. It will include a talk by Peter Blayney himself, touching on episodes from the lives of early stationers, as well as talks on early bindings and on the overlap in the use of manuscript and print in the period.

The exhibition, curated by Liveryman Matthew Payne, Keeper of the Muniments at Westminster Abbey, will illustrate the first years of English printing, with William Caxton’s arrival in the precincts of Westminster Abbey, and the move by Wynkyn de Worde, Caxton’s successor, from the Abbey to Fleet Street in 1500. Exhibits from the archives of the Stationers’ Company and the Abbey will include examples of printing by Caxton, Wynkyn de Worde, Richard Pynson, and other early stationers, as well as the fine bindings which house them.

To download the booking form, click here.

Please note: this event is sponsored by the Stationers' Company. All questions and booking forms, including the £25 booking fee, should be directed to: Giles Fagan, Deputy Clerk, Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD. Website:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 17:30
Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD