Great Bible printed in Rouen
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Rouen: Cardin Hamillon for Richard Carmarden, 1566. In-folio
STC (2nd ed.) / 2098
STROZIER, Special Collections Vault (double oversize) -- BS1671566. Carothers p. 4
Pages displayed: title-page of the New Testament. Portrait of Elizabeth I with open book and scepter.
This edition of the Great Bible is ignored by most bibliographers. Rouen, as Caen, was a major source of printed books for the English market all through the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, especially religious and law books. Cardin Hamillon, whose name is mentioned at the end of Tyndale’s prologue Thoughe a man hadde a precyous jewell, in some copies but not the Strozier’s, belonged to a dynasty of Rouen printers. The 1566 edition of the Great Bible is the only one in which this name appears before a 1609 edition of Benedict Canfield and other Catholic publications in 1610 and 1611, that must be attributed to another, homonymous printer. Richard Carmarden could be the member of the Customs administration who warned Elizabeth I of malpractice in this administration in a manuscript text entitled “A Caveat for the Queene” (1570).