Meanwhile, 300 years ago…

Having to some extent shaken itself free from the cramping influences of monopolies and State interference, the output of the English printing press at the commencement of the eighteenth century had almost doubled that of thirty or forty years before, and presses were now at work in various parts of the kingdom

p229, A Short History of English Printing 1476 -1898, Henry R Plomer 1900

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