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John Day

(1522—1584) printer and bookseller


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(1522–84),

the foremost English printer of the reign of Elizabeth I. He published Protestant devotional books under Edward VI and was imprisoned by Queen Mary. He printed the first church music book in English (1560), and the first English edition of Foxe's Actes and Monuments (or Book of Martyrs) (1563). He was the first to print Old English, having type made for it.

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