Bladen's Privilege, Maryland (1700)

Source: Archives of Maryland: L.H.J. May 9, 1700, 24: 84.

Bladen's Privilege, Maryland (1700), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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William Bladen's Liberty to print in Maryland

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A printing privilege to print the colony's laws granted by Maryland to William Bladen. The privilege contained a liberty to print, implying exclusivity, and mandated that each county would purchase a copy of the work for a fixed price. The privilege is illustrative of the various measures sporadically used by colonial assemblies to support printers and publishers engaged in printing projects deemed to be of public interest.

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  • Worth, Lawrence C. A History of Printing in Colonial Maryland, 1686-1776. Baltimore: Typothetae of Baltimore, 1922.

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Year: 1700

Location: Maryland

Language: English

Source: Archives of Maryland: L.H.J. May 9, 1700, 24: 84.

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Bladen, William

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Maryland County Courts
Maryland House of Delegates


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