The story of Oxford University Press spans five centuries of printing and publishing. Beginning with the first presses set up in Oxford in the fifteenth century and the later establishment of a university printing house, it leads through the publication of bibles, scholarly works, and the Oxford English Dictionary, to a twentieth-century expansion that created the largest university press in the world, playing a part in research, education, and language learning in
more than 50 countries. With access to extensive archives, The History of OUP traces the impact of long-term changes in printing technology and the business of publishing. It also considers the effects of wider trends in education, reading, and scholarship, in international trade and the spreading
influence of the English language, and in cultural and social history - both in Oxford and through its presence around the world.
Ian Gadd is Professor of English Literature at Bath Spa University. He is a General Editor of the Cambridge Works of Jonathan Swift. Simon Eliot is Professor of the History of the Book in the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He directs the MA in the History of the Book, and the London Rare Books School. He is a visiting professor of book history at the Open University, where he set up the Reading Experience Database (RED), and at the University of Reading. He has published on quantitative book history, publishing history, the history of reading, the history of lighting, and library history. He has co-edited The Blackwell Companion to the History of the Book and Literary Cultures and the Material Book. He is General Editor of the new multi-volume History of Oxford University Press. Wm. Roger Louis (D.Litt., Oxford), CBE, FBA, is Kerr Professor at the University of Texas and Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. A Past President of the American Historical Association, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford History of the British Empire. His books include Ends of British Imperialism (2006).