A Brief Chronicle

Shakespeare in Print –  Shakespeare’s Printer

#31 Anthony Munday, A Brief Chronicle (1611)

William Jaggard became the City Printer of London in 1610, and he proudly displayed his new title in the imprint of Anthony Munday’s Brief Chronicle. This imprint also lists the location of Jaggard’s shop in the Barbican, just outside the city walls of London. The City Printer was responsible for producing official proclamations of various kinds. These usually took the form of “broadsides,” single sheets printed on only one side so that they could be easily displayed. Jaggard also held monopolies for the printing of the Ten Commandments, and for the production of playbills. These small jobs provided Jaggard with the consistent work and dependable income necessary to finance larger projects.

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