Joseph Moxon: A re-fashioned appraisal

Jocelyn Elizabeth Hargrave

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Printer Joseph Moxon s legacy to print culture has suffered from myriad, often conflicting interpretations by book historians from the late nineteenth century to present day. Who really was Joseph Moxon (1627-1691), born in Wakefield, England the son of Puritan English printer James Moxon? Through a historical appraisal of Moxon s professional interests and associations with the Stationer s Company and the Royal Society of London, and a brief analysis of specific editorial aspects of Mechanick Exercises or, The Doctrine of Handy Works. Applied to the Art of Printing, this paper will first provide a clearer picture of Joseph Moxon as self-fashioning pragmatist and then redefine his place within print culture - that is, as a pivotal contributor not only to the mechanical art of printing but also to the standardisation of editorial practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163 - 181
Number of pages19
JournalScript & Print: Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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