OUP Faces up to the Nazis

OUP Faces up to the Nazis

  Ever since the end of the First World War OUP had been keen to re-establish some sort of presence in the German book trade. Germany had been a significant market for its academic books in the nineteenth century, and a number of German scholars had edited Greek and...
Damp Paper and Difficult Conditions

Damp Paper and Difficult Conditions

Oxford University was a large mass-producer of books by the 1820s. Despite this, it was still occupying a very elegant but modest-sized neo-classical building in the centre of Oxford designed for it in 1713 by Nicholas Hawksmoor. By the mid-1820s this building was...
‘Paul Pry’ at midnight

‘Paul Pry’ at midnight

Until the 1840s time in Oxford, and therefore at the University Press, was five minutes behind that of London. With no uniform national time until the coming of the railways and the telegraph, the sealed clocks carried by mail coaches would have to be adjusted to...
Not a bookseller…yet

Not a bookseller…yet

My name is Benjamin Maggs, and I am not a bookseller. Imagine this spoken in the hushed tones of an introduction at a self help group, or an embarrassing secret whispered by an elderly relative. I feel guilty and ungrateful; but let me explain. I come from a family of...
Society Talk

Society Talk

The Institute of English Studies is the administrative home of two learned Societies: the Bibliographical Society, and the Malone Society. The research interests of the Societies are closely aligned to the interests of the Institute—book history, collecting, and...