Willobie His Avisa

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The stigma of printing.

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The stigma of printing.
In Elizabethan times the printer shouldered the expense of printing a book it could take upto five years for the printer to recoup his expenditure. In this setting it is remarkable that an established printer like John Windett would take on the expense of printing a book like Willobie His Avisa and employ the leading Elizabethan engraver William Rogers as an artist. Especially when we consider that the "author " Hadrian Dorell was a complete unknown. Windett would have also been aware of the potential risk involved in printing such a work . ( A number of printers were executed in the Elizabethan age for printing objectionable material ). These factors make me suspect that the author has had help in getting this work accepted for publication and also that the printer was being protected from potential repercussions I suspect that this help has come from high places I strongly suspect a leading member of the Cecil faction.
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