The earliest book in this exhibition, this was printed by Elizabeth Flesher, a woman who was immersed in London's book trade for her entire life. Flesher's father, Cornelius Bee, was a haberdasher and book seller. She married James Flesher, a printer. He and several other printers agreed to pay Richard Atkyns, holder of the patent to print common-law books, £100 per year for the privilege of printing them. Upon her husband's death ca. 1670, Flesher continued printing in his stead. In 1673, she briefly employed Thomas Dawks (1636-1689), who held the patent for Welsh language printing, and his son Ichabod. Flesher was active in printing until 1688.
Law printing, Statutes, Law -- English influences