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date: 02 April 2020

Stansby, Williamlocked

  • Miriam Miller


(d 1638). English music printer. He was apprenticed to John Windet in 1591 and made free of the Stationers’ Company in 1597. He succeeded to Windet’s business in 1611, and in 1628 he acquired some of the music copyrights of Thomas Snodham. In this way Stansby inherited two of the most important music printing businesses in 17th-century London, yet he made little use of them, printing only nine music volumes in his relatively long career. Stansby’s press was astonishingly variable in the standard of its printing. Whereas Thomas Leighton’s Teares or Lamentacions of a Sorrowful Soule, published over Stansby’s imprint in 1614, is an elaborate, almost virtuoso piece of printing, his other publications appear slapdash and untidy. In fact, Stansby was severely taken to task by the Stationers’ Company over the low standard of his work, and his relations with the company deteriorated so badly, over his unruly behaviour as much as his printing, that in ...

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Fontes artis musicae
C. Humphries and W.C. Smith: Music Publishing in the British Isles