Dissenting Printers: the intractable men and women of a

17th century Quaker Press

Author(s): Sally Jeffery
ISBN13/Barcode: 9781916222120
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Andrew Sowle was a secret printer. He learned his trade during Cromwell’s commonwealth, and practised it under the Stuart restoration. On a hidden press he printed Quaker tracts, illicitly. He survived repeated raids, became chief printer to the Quakers and raised a new generation of printers – his daughters and apprentices. Most of them in their turn were caught up in the press politics of their time.
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The printer Andrew Sowle learned his trade during Cromwell’s commonwealth, and practised it under the Stuart restoration. On a hidden press he printed Quaker tracts, illicitly. He survived repeated raids and became the Friends’ chief printer and a friend of William Penn. He raised a new generation of printers, most of whom became caught up in the politics of their time. His first apprentice fled to Amsterdam after printing the manifesto of the Duke of Monmouth’s doomed rebellion against James II, and may have been William of Orange’s campaign printer three years later. One daughter married another apprentice and became notorious for press piracy. Another emigrated to America with her husband, also an ex-apprentice, where they set up the first press in Philadelphia and then fell out with the Quaker leadership there. Andrew’s third daughter was herself apprenticed to him as a practical printer, and ran the press in London for over fifty years. A thread of stubborn independence runs through this tribe of printers, who can be tracked through what they published and also in the traces of their collisions with authority.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9781916222120
ISBN10 1916222129
Author Sally Jeffery
Binding Hardback
Date Published 10 Mar 2020
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 128
Publisher Turnedup Press

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