Printers, Booksellers and License Owners

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1600 - Robert Jones - The First Booke of Songes and Ayres
Printed by Peter Short with the assent of Thomas Morley, and are to be sold at the signe of the starre on Bredstreet Hill 1600.
1601 - Robert Jones - The Second Booke of Songes and Ayres, Printed by P.S. for Mathew Selman by the assent of Thomas Morley, and are to be sold at the inner temple gate. 1601.

Thomas Morley - Thomas Morley *"was a gentleman of the Chappel Royal, organist of St. Paul's Cathedral, and widely recognized as one of the most distinguished pupils of England's greatest living musicion, William Byrd. ... Morley's own status received important recognition and reward when, in 1598, he was granted by the Queen the right to exercise that monopoly of music printing which had formerly belonged to Bird. ... ([Morley] died in 1602, and seems to have been ill and "compelled to keep at home" from 1597) ..."

... on September 28th [1598] was granted a license for twenty-one years to print song books ...


Peter Short - The books of Robert Jones are infamous for being shoddily produced. E. H. Fellowes writes "the song-books of Jones ... were very carelessly produced. ... it is certan that the printers of the music books often acted very independently on their own intiatives ..."% Peter Short however did a fairly good job in publishing Jones's first two books as Fellowes says that the number of mistakes grew with every new book of Jones.

Peter Short's shop was on the same small London street as the Mermaid Tavern, where legend has it, that the likes of John Donne, Ben Jonson, Inago Jones and William Shakespeare used to hang out. This Bread Street shop was

Kate' Taming of a Shrew A Musical Dreame or the Fourth Booke of Ayres 1609 II. Sweet Kate Ultimun Vale or The Third Booke of Ayres 1605. XII. Think'st thou, Kate, to put me down?

@Peter Short (? - 1603), printer;
became a freeman of the Stationers' Company in 1589 and was admitted to the Livery of the Company in the same year. His shop was at the "Star" an Bread Street Hill. Until 1593 he had a partner, Richard Yardly. Short printed the old play Taming of a Shrew, to be sold by Cuthert Burby, in 1594. This is regarded as the original version, of Shakespeare's Shrew.


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SHORT (PETER). Printer in London, 1589 - 1603; The Star on Bread Street Hill. Admitted a freeman of the Company of Stationers by "redemption" on March 1st, 1583 [Arber, ii. 705], and admitted into, the livery of the Company on July 1st, 1598 [Arber, ii. 873], He appears to have succeeded to the business of Henry Denham and was at first in partnership with Richard Yardley, their first entry in the Registers being made on July 5th, 1591 [Arber, ii. 588. Yardlley's name is not found after 1593. Peter Short had an extensive business, printing for William Ponsonby and other important booksellers. Amongst many noted books that came from his press were Shakespeare's Henry IV part 1, printed for Andrew Wise. in1598; Shakespeare's Lucrece, printed for John Harrison, the younger, in 1598; Francis Meres Palladis Tamia, printed for Cuthbert Burby in 1598; Fox's Acts and Monumentes, begun by Henry Denham and finished by Peter Short in 1596--7;Thomas Morley's Playne and Easy Introduction to Musicke in 1596, and Dr. William Gilbert's De Magnete, 1600. Peter Short used several marks or devices, notably the ...
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Here is a breaf list of some of the books he published;

William Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part III, printed for Thomas Middington in 1595
Antony Holborne's The Cittharn School (Instruments done by his brother William Holborne) 1597
John Dowland's The First Booke of Songs or Aires ... printed by Peter Short, dwelling on BredStreet Hill at the sigh of the star, 1597.
William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I, printed for Andrew Wise in 1598
Giles Farneby's Canzonets To Fowre Voyces 1598
William Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece for John Harrison the Younger 1599 (first printed by Richard Field for John Harrison (the Elder) in 1594)
William Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis for William Leake 1599 (first printed by Richard Field for John Harrison in 1593) ([William Leake] also sold the pseudo-Shakespeareian Passionate Pilgrim (1699 %)
Robert Jones's The First Book of Songes and Ayres with the assent of Thomas Morley, 1600. [The same cover plate as John Dowland's first book was used for this book]
Philip Rosseter's - A Book of Ayres by the assent of Thomas Morley 1601
Robert Jones's The Second booke of songes a ayres, for Mathew Selman by the assent of Thomas Morley, and are to be sold at the inner temple gate. 1601.
John Dowland's The Third and Last Booke of Songs or Aires ... for Thomas Adams, and are to be sold at the figure of the white Lion in Paules Church Yard by the assigent of ... Thomas Morley 1603.
(This book has the same popular cover plate as is on Robert Jones's First Book.)


Matthew Selman was a "bookseller in London 1594 - 1627 ...
... Son of John Selman of Ken, Co. Devon, smith. Apprentice to Thomas Newman, stationer of London for seven years from September 1st 1587, and took up his freedom in the Company on September 3rd 1594. ...
Amongst his publications was-

George Chapman's translation of Petrarchs Seven Penitentiall Psalms in 1612. ..."

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SELMAN (MATTHEW), bookseller in London, l594-1627;
(1) In Fleet Street, next the Inner Temple Gate;
(2) In Fleet Street, near Chancery Lane.

Son of John Selman of Ken, co. Devon, smith. Apprentice to Thomas Newman, stationer of London, for seven years from September 1st, 1587, and took up his freedom in the Company on September 3rd, I594 [Arber, ii. 153, 714]. Matthew Selman made his first entry in the Registers on October 13th, 1600 [Arber, iii. 174]. Amongst his publications was George Chapman's translation of Petrarchs Seven Penitentiall Psalms; 1612 [Hazlitt, H. 82]. In 1627 he was appointed by Edward Latymer, founder of the Latymer School, one, of the first trustees of that institution [P.C.C., 15 Skynner].


1605 - Robert Jones - Ultimun Vale or The Third Booke of Ayres Printed at London by John Windet sold by Simon Waterson, in Powles Churchyard, at the signe of the crowne. 1605.
1607 - Robert Jones - The First Set of Madrigals,... Imprinted by John Windet. 1607.

With the deaths of both Peter Short and Thomas Morley, Robert Jones turned to John Windet to publish his next two books.
John Windet

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WINDET (JOHN), printer in London, I584-1611;
(I) The White Bear in Addling St. nigh Baynard's Castle;
(2) The Cross Keys on St. Paul's Wharf, Thames St.

On April l3th, 1579, John Allde, the printer, presented for his freedom an apprentice who is entered in the Registers as John Wyndyert, and who may be identical with John Windet [Arber, ii. 680]. If so, he served some years as a journeyman, as it was not until 1584 that he began to print On his own account. In that year he printed Thomas Rogers' English Creed. In the same year he took over one of Henry Bynneman's apprentices, and appears to have set up in business at the White Bear in Addling Street. As several books are found in l584 with the joint names of Windet and John Judson, and they are not found in partnership after that date, it is possible that he succeeded to the business. John Windet was on several occasions fined for taking apprentices without presenting them and for other trivial offences. But his business increased rapidly and in 1586 he had three presses [Arber, v.lii]. On July 4th in that year he was admitted to the Livery of the Company [Arber, ii. 866]. In the years I593-4-5 he was renter lot the Company [Arber, i. 565, 571] and in l599 he served the office of Under Warden, but upon being elected to serve a second time in I604 he agreed to pay (pounds)10 for exemption, and he never appears to have held any other office in the Company [Arber, ii. 838]. Between l592 and l603 John Windet's name is frequently found in the records of St. Bennet's, St. Paul's Wharf, either as constable of the parish or as serving on the wardmote inquest. In l603 he succeeded John Wolf as official printer to the city of London. The last book entry under his name is found on May I4th, I604; but he continued in business until 1611 When he assigned over his copyrights to William Stansby, who ultimately succeeded to the business [Arber, iii. 465-7].


Thomas GreavesSonges of Sundrie Kinds,the Assigne of William Barley, 1604
Tobias Hume's The First Part of Ayres, 1605
Michael East's The Second set of Madrigals, 1606
Tobias Hume's Captaine Hvmes Poetical Musicke, 1607
Simon Waterson was a "bookseller in London 1584 - 1634...
His shop was at "The crown in St. Paul's Churchyard. He was the son of Richard Waterson ...

Robert Jones's 3rd book Ultimun vale of 1605 was sold by him, at his sign of the crown at Paul's Churchyard. Robert Jones's Fourth Book, 1609's A Musicall Dreame was also sold at his sign of the crown at Paul's Churchyard, so perhaps it was Simon Waterson who was behind that book and maybe other books of Robert Jones.

... his publications including, among many others, many of Samuel Daniel's works and the Epigrams of John Owen. ...


1609 - Robert Jones - A Musicall Dreame or the Fourth Booke ofAyres Imprinted by the assignes of William Barley, and are to be solde in Powles Church-yeard, at the signe of the crowne. 1609
1610 - Robert Jones - The Muses Gardin for Delights or Fifth Booke of Ayers, printed by the assignes of William Barley. 1610.

William Barley

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BARLEY (WILLIAM), draper, bookseller and printer in London, 159l- 1614;
(1) Newgate Market;
(2) Gratious [Gracechurch] Street over against Leadenhall;
(3) Little St. Helens.

The earliest notice of this somewhat remarkable man is an entry in the account of the Wardens of the Stationers' Company for the year 1591, recording his committal to prison for contempt [Arber. i. 555]. He was probably in business as a bookseller and dealer in ballads before this date, and the entry perhaps refers to some privileged book that Barley had sold or published without license. From some information supplied by himself in June, 1598, in a deposition, we learn that he was born about 1565, and that on two previous occasions he had been before the Court of High Commission, once for selling a twopenny book relating to Her Majesty's progress, and again for selling a ballad concerning the safe return of the Earl of Essex from Cadiz. Both these sales took place at Cowdry in Sussex. There is no record of William Barley's transfer from the Drapers' to the Stationers' Company but He appears to have jointed the ranks of those who opposed the monopolists. His chief claim to notice lies in the fact that he was one of the early publishers of music. 1n 1593 he brought out a book or Citterne Lessons. Again in. 1596 we find him issuing a Pathway to Musicke and New Book of Tabelture. In 1598 he was joined with Thomas East and others as one of the assigns of Thomas Morley the musician, who on September 28th was granted a License for twenty-one years to print song books of all kinds and music paper Morley was then living in Little St. Helens, Bishopsgate Street and he would appear to have supplied a press which was worked by Barley at that address. In addition to being the assign of Morley, William, Barley also printed Allison's Psalms of David in metre, 1599, and Thomas Weelkes Music, 1608. His last book entry occurs in the Register on February 18th, 1613, and in the same year he assigned his musical copyrights to M. L. (? Mathew Lownes), J. B. (?John Baylie), and T. S. (?Thomas Snodham). He died before November 12th, l614, when his widow Mary assigned over all her rights to John Beale. [Arber, iii. 516, 557.]


1612 - John Dowland's A Pilgrimes Solace. ... printed for M. L., J. B. and T. S. by the assignment of William Barley.


Sorry - I have quoted much from a book of which I can't find who the author or what the title is at this time. All the quotations are italicized. Most of the information on this web page comes from that book. P. T. C.
* Richard Luckett - liner notes to The Triumphs Of Oriana CD by Pro Cantione Antiqua, 1977.
@ Who's Who in Shakespeare's England by Alan and Veronica Palmer published by Methuen in the UK at St. Edmundsbury Press Ltd, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk in 2000.
% 'Music and Letters' v.7-8 1927 "The Text Of The Song-Books Of Robert Jones - E. H. Fellowes"