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In Camera Stellata coram Concilio ibidem, vndecimo die Iulii, Anno decimo tertio CAROLI
Mprimis, That no person or persons whatsoeuer shall presume to print, or cause to bee printed, either in the parts beyond the Seas, or in this Realme, or other his
Maiesties Dominions, any feditious, scismaticall, or offensive Bookes or Pamphlets, to the scandall of Religion, or the Church, or the Government, or Governours of the Church or State, or Commonwealth, or of any Corporation, or particular person or persons whatsoeuer, nor shall import any such Booke or Bookes, nor sell or dispose of them, or any of them, nor cause any such to be bound, stitched, or lowed, vpon paine that he or they fo offending, shall loose all such Bookes and Pamphlets, and also haue, and suffer such correction, and severe punishment, either by Fine, imprisonment, or other corporall punishment, or otherwise, as by this Court, or by His Maiefties Commissioners for causes Ecclesiasticall in the high Commission Court, respectiuely, as the several causes shall require, shall be thought fit to be inflicted upon him, or them, for such their offence and contempt.
II. Item, That no person or persons whatsoeuer, Mall at any time print or cause. to be imprinted, any Booke or Pamphlet whatsoever, vnlesse the same Booke or Pamphlet, and also all and euery the Titles, Epistles Prefaces, Proems, Preambles, Introductions, Tables Dedications, and other matters and things whatsoeuer thereunto annexed, or therewith imprinted, shall be first lawfully licenced and authorized onely by such person and persons as are hereafter expressed, and by no other, and shall be also first entred into the Registers Booke of the Company of Stationers ; vpon paine that euery Printer offending therein, shall be for euer here. after disabled to use or exercise the Art or Mysterie of Printing, and receiue such further punishment, as by this Court or the high Commission Court respectiuely, as the severall causes shall require, shall be thought fitting
III. Item, That all Bookes concerning the cominon Lawes of this Realme shall be printed by the especiall allowance of the Lords chiefe Iustices, and the Lord chiefe Baron for the time being, or one or more of them, or by their appointment; And that all Books of History, belonging to this State, and present times, or any other Rooke of State affaires, shall be licenced by the principall Secretaries of State, or one of them, or by their appointment; And that all Bookes concerning Heraldry, Titles of Honour and Armes, or otherwise concerning the Office of Earle Marshall, shall be licenced by the Earle Marshall, or by his appointment; And further, that all other Books, whether of Diuinitie, Phisicke, Philosophie, Poetry, or whatsoeuer, shall be allowed by the Lord Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, or Bishop of London for the time being, or by their appointment, or the Chancellours, or Vice Chancellors of either of the Vinuersities of this Realme for the time being.
Alwayes prouided, that the Chancellour or ViceChancellour, of either of the Vniuersities, shall Licence onely such Booke or Bookes that are to be Printed within the limits of the Vniuersities respectively, but not in London, or elsewhere, not medling either with Bookes of the common Law, or matters of State.
IV. Item, That euery person and persons, which by any Decree of this Court are, or shall be appointed or authorized to Licence Bookes, or giue Warrant for imprinting thereof, as is aforesaid, shall haue two seuerall written Copies of the fame Booke or Bookes with the Titles, Epiftles, Prefaces, Proems, Preambles, Introductions, Tables, Dedications, and other things whatsoeuer thereunto annexed. One of which said Copies shall be kept in the publike Registries of the said Lord Arch-Bishop, and Bishop of London respectiuely, or in the Office of the Chancellour, or Vice-Chancellour of either of the Vniuersities, or with the Earle Marshall, or principall Secretaries of State, or with the Lords chiefe Iustices, or chiefe Baron, of all such Bookes as Thall be licensed by them respectiuely, to the end that he or they may be secure, that the Copy so licensed by him or them shall not bee altered without his or their priuitie, and the other shall remain with him whose Copy it is, and vpon both the said Copies, he or they that shall allow the said Booke, shall testifie vnder his or their hand or hands, that there is nothing in that Booke or Books contained, that is contrary to Christian Faith, and the Doctrine and Discipline of the Church of England, nor against the State or Gouernment, nor contrary to good life, or good manners, or otherwise, as the nature and subiect of the work shall require, which license or approbation shall be imprinted in the beginning of the same Booke, with the name, or names of him or them that shall authorize or license the same, for a testimonie of the allowance thereof.
V. Item, That every Merchant of bookes, and person and persons whatsoeuer, which doth, or hereafter Thall buy, or import, or bring any booke or bookes into this Realme, from any parts beyond the Seas, shall before such time as the same book or books, or any of them be deliuered forth, or out of his, or their hand or hands, or exposed to sale, giue, and present a true Catalogue in writing of all and euery such booke and bookes vnto the Lord Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, or Lord Bishop of London for the time being, vpon paine to haue and suffer such punishment for offending
herein, as by this Court, or by the said high Com. mission Court respectiuely, as the seueral causes shall require, shall be thought fitting.
VI. Item, That no Merchant, or other person or persons whatsoeuer, which shall import or bring any book or books into the kingdome, from any parts beyond the Seas, shall presume to open any Dry-fats
, Bales, Packs, Maunds, or other Fardals of books, or wherein books are; nor shall any Searcher, Wayter, or other Officer belonging to the Custome-house, vpon pain of loosing his or their place or places, suffer the same to passe, or to be deliuered out of their hands or custody, before such time as the Lord Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, or Lord Bishop of London, or one of them for the time being, haue appointed one of their Chaplains, or some other learned man, with the Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers, or one of them, and such others as they shall call to their assistance, to be present at the opening thereof, and to view the fame: And if there shall happen to be found any feditious, schismaticall or offensiue booke or bookes, they shall forthwith be brought vnto the said Lord Arch-bishop of Canterbury, Lord Bishop of London for the time being, or one of them, or to the High Commission Office, to the end that as well the offendor or offendors may be punished by the Court of Star Chamber, or the high Commission Court respectively, as the seuerall causes shall require, according to his or their demerit; as also that such further course and order may be taken concerning the same booke or bookes, as shall bee thought fitting.
VII. Item, That no person or persons shall within this Kingdome, or elsewhere imprint, or cause to be imprinted, nor shall import or bring in, or cause to be imported or brought into this Kingdome, from, or out of any other His Maiesties Dominions, nor from other, or any parts beyond the Seas, any Copy, book or books, or part of any booke or bookes, printed beyond the seas, or elsewhere, which the said Company of Stationers, or any other person or persons have, or shall by any Letters Patents, Order, or Entrance in their Register book, or otherwise, haue the right, priuiledge, authoritie, or allowance foly to print, nor shall bind, stitch, or put to sale, any such booke or bookes, vpon paine of losse and forfeiture of all the said bookes, and of fuch Fine, or other punishment, for euery booke or part of a booke so imprinted or imported, bound, stitched, or put to fale, to be leuyed of the party so offending, as by the power of this Court, or the high Commission Court respectively, as the severall causes shall require, shall be thought fit.
VIII. Item, Euery person and persons that shall hereafter Print, or cause to be Printed, any Bookes, Ballads, Charts, Portraiture, or any other thing or things whatsoeuer, shall thereunto or thereon Print and set his and their owne name or names, as also the name or names of the Author or Authors, Maker or Makers of the same, and by, or for whom any such booke, or other thing is, or shall be printed, vpon pain of forfiture of all such Books, Ballads, Chartes, Portraitures, and other thing or things, printed contrary to this Article; And the presses, Letters and other instruments for Printing, wherewith such Books, ballads, Chartes, Portraitures, and other thing or things. shall be printed, to be defaced and made vnseruiceable, and the party and parties so offending, to be fined, imprisoned and haue such other corporall punishment, or otherwise, as by this Honourable Court, or the said high Commission respectiuely, as the feuerall causes shall require, shall be thought fit.
IX. Item, That no person or persons whatsoeuer, Tall hereaster print, or cause to be printed, or shall forge, put, or counterfeit in, or vpon any booke or books, the name, title, marke or vinnet of the Company or Society of Stationers, or of any particular person or persons, which hath or shall haue lawfull priuiledge, authoritie, or allowance to print the same, without the consent of the said Company, or party ch"