Cambridge University Press is the oldest printing and publishing house in the world. It was founded on a royal charter granted to the University by Henry VIII in 1534 and has been operating continuously as a printer and publisher since the first Press book was printed in 1584. The Press produced its first Bible in 1591 - an edition of the Geneva Bible, the translation that crossed to America with the Pilgrim Fathers. The first Cambridge King James Bible was printed in 1629, and the Press still holds a special royal licence to print this version in England.
Henry VIII's Patent of 1534.
The story of the past 25 years is one of substantial growth in all the Press's principal publishing areas: Academic, Professional, English Language Teaching and Education. The range of publishing now extends across almost all disciplines and through every level from specialist research monograph to project material from primary schools. Today the Press is one of the largest academic publishers in the world, publishing 250 journals and about 2,500 books a year, which are sold in some 200 countries.
Over the years, the Press has published works by many famous scholars. Authors before 1800 included Henry More, John Milton, William Harvey, Richard Bentley, Isaac Newton and Sir Thomas Browne.
The second edition of Newton's Principia.
Since the late 19th century, the volume and range of publications have rapidly expanded. In the sciences, a tradition of popular science publishing was established that leads from Clerk Maxwell, Rutherford, Einstein and Schrödinger through to such distinguished modern physicists as Hawking, Penrose, Feynman and Weinberg. In the humanities and social sciences the Press published, among others, Russell, Whitehead, Moore, Acton, Pevsner, and AE Housman, and has a modern list that includes internationally pre-eminent figures as Pierre Bourdieu, Noam Chomsky, Umberto Eco, Jon Elster, Ernest Gellner, Anthony Giddens, Jack Goody, Eric Hobsbawn, Martha Nussbaum, Amos Oz, WG Runciman, Amartya Sen, Quentin Skinner, Richard Rorty, EP Thompson and Bernard Williams.
The Press's journal publishing began in 1821 publishing the Philosophical Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. In 1902 the Cambridge Modern History book series inaugurated another distinctive Cambridge genre and more than 30 Cambridge Histories have since been published.
The Press publishes and distributes the whole of its varied output through its own network around the world, with 11 branches in major territories, supported by sales offices in every major centre. There are editorial offices in Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, Cape Town, Madrid, Singapore and São Paulo each contributing its own related publishing programmes, CJO receives over 14 million visits a year worldwide.