The Stationers’ Company

. In 1403, by the authority of the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen of the City of London, the stationers were formed into a guild or fraternity, and had their ordinances made for the good government of their fellowship. Thus constituted, they regularly assembled, under the government of a master and two wardens. Their first hall was in Milk Street; but, notwithstanding all the endeavours that have been made, no privi­lege or charter has yet been discovered under which they acted as a corporate body. It appears from the most authentic records that the Company of Stationers, or text-writers who wrote and sold all sorts of books then in use, namely, A. B. C. with the Paternoster, Ave, Creed, Grace, etc., to large portions of the Bible, even to the whole Bible itself, dwelt in and about Paternoster Row. Hence we have, in that neighbourhood, Creed Lane, Amen Corner, Ave Maria Lane, etc., all places named after some Scripture allusions.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 24.



Benjamin Franklin

The first work in the English language

The Length of Literary Copyright

The letters in the alphabets of the different nations

Henry Stephens, Stephanus, or Étienne

Robert Stephens

Charles Stephens

Henry Stephens

Robert Stephens

Francis Stephens


The Stationers’ Company

Benjamin Franklin

The paper duty

The first book printed in Europe

The Stanhope Press

Laurence Coster or Laurent Janszoon Koster

John Baskerille


Joha Baptist Bodoni

The Mazarine Bible.

John Bagford