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John Day

DAY, John. b. Dunwich, Suffolk, 1522; d. 23 July 1584. Day became an important London printer, and one of very few who printed music. In 1559 he was fined for printing an unauthorized edition of the psalms, but produced a further edition of 83 psalms in 1561 (JJ, pp. 858-9). He produced a collection of liturgical music, Certaine Notes (publication begun in 1560, completed in 1565). But his career was built on a monopoly, granted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1559, in the common psalm book, Sternhold* and Hopkins*’s The Whole Booke of Psalmes (see ‘Old Version’*). He produced at least 64 editions of this work (including partial editions that preceded the first complete edition of 1562). They are...

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