Printers and Printing.
to be published, or put to sale, or to be Bound, Stiched, or Sewed.
14 Car. 2.
|14 Car. 2.
| No private person shall Print, or cause to be
Printed, any Book or Pamphlet,
unless the same with all things annexed thereunto, be first Entred
in the Register of the Stationers Company of London: Except
Parliament and Proclamations, as shall be appointed to be Printed, by
Warrant under the Kings Sign-Manual, or under the Hand of one or more of
the Principal Secretaries of State; and unless the same be Licensed as
| §. 2.
|| 1. All Books of the Common Law, by the
Lord Chancellor, Lord Keeper,
Two Lord Chief Justices, or Lord Chief Baron, or one of them; or by their,
or one of their appointment.
| §. 3.
|| 2. All Books of History of this State,
or Affairs of State, by the Principal
Secretaries of State, or one of them; or by their, or one of their appointment.
|| 3. Books concerning Heraldry, Titles of
Honour and Arms, or Office of
Earls Marshal, by the Earl Marshal, or his appointment; or if none,
by Garter, Clarencieux and Norroy, or any two of them, quorum
|| 4. All other Books to be Printed or Reprinted
of any Art or Science, by
the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop of London, or one
of them, &c.
Or by one of the Chancellors or Vice-Chancellors of either the Universities,
within the Universities only, they not medling with Common Law Books, or
Books of Government; nor Books where of the right of Printing belongs to
|| Every Licenser shall have a Copy in Writing of
such Book, and shall
deliver the same Book to the Printer or Owner, who when Printed shall
deliver the same Book to be kept; and the Licencers approbation shall be
Printed with it.
|| Every Merchant of Books or other, shall Import
Books in the Port of
London, and not elsewhere, without the License of the Archbishop,
or Bishop of
London, and before delivery out, or exposing to sale, shall give
a note of
them to the said Archbishop or Bishop. No persons shall open any
Bales wherein Books are, nor Officers of Custom house, suffer the same
delivered out, upon pain to lose his place, before that the said Archbishop
or Bishop have appointed some Learned Man, within one or more of the Company
of Stationers to be present, and to view. And if any Heretical, Schismatical,
Seditious, Scandalous, or Offensive Books to be found, the same to be brought
to the said Archbishop or Bishop, that the offender may be proceeded with
the Books suppressed.
| §. 4.
|| None shall Print or cause to be Printed, or Import
any Book or Copy, or
part of any Book, or Forms of Blank Bills, or Indentures which any Patentee
or Assignee, or where no Grant is, of which the Owner hath right of Printing,
without the License of such Owner, upon pain to forfeit the same:
And 6 s.
8 d. for every such Book, Copy, or Bills, or Forms. The moiety
to the King,
the other moiety to the Owners; or in default of Suit, by them, within
months that moiety to the Prosecutor within a year, by Suit, in the Kings
| §. 5.
|| The Printer shall put his Name to every such
Book or thing he shall Print,
and shall declare the name of the Author to the Licenser, if required;
pain to forfeit the same, and the Letters, Presses, and Instruments.
| §. 6.