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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 70  1956  page 34
The Origin and First Hundred Years of the Society

By Frank W. Jessup, Honorary General Secretary   continued

held fast to the values so eloquently enunciated by Professor Brewer in his Introduction to Volume I.
   The format which should be adopted was a subject of some controversy at the first meetings of the Editorial Committee. Larking was in favour of a large paper-size but the majority preferred Demy 8vo, as being cheaper and for the ordinary householder more manageable. It was, however, agreed to print off 60 copies in Royal 8vo for members who were willing to pay a small extra subscription, and Larking, as a private venture, had a further 25 copies printed in Royal 4to. For these volumes the type had to be re-set, and they could not be sold economically at less than two guineas each. Eventually the Society acquired the stock of extra-large volumes from Larking, but they were always an unprofitable luxury, and the special arrangements involved in their printing hindered publication. Council therefore decided in 1876 that the ten volumes already issued should be regarded as completing the first series, and that no more 4to volumes should be printed. The Royal 8vo volumes were not discontinued until 1918.
   Volume XI bears no outward and visible sign that it is the first in a new series. Fortunately no attempt was made to introduce a new method of numbering, and the decision to begin a fresh series seems to have been merely a convenient fiction for sloughing off the awkward practice of publishing in different paper sizes Volume XI, as were its two 

predecessors, was printed by Mitchell and Hughes of London, who continued to be the Societyís printers until 1926. The first eight volumes were printed by Taylor and Co. of Lincolnís Inn Fields, but there were constant complaints of delay: "Our eighth volume ought to have been in Membersí hands two months ago, and the printer alone can tell why it was not so," says the Honorary Secretary in the Report to the Annual General Meeting in 1872. Probably authors and printers always have a more acute appreciation of each otherís shortcomings than their difficulties. Since 1927 the Societyís printers have been Messrs. Headley Brothers of Ashford, a Kentish firm who, even under the most difficult conditions, have consistently shown something more than a mere business interest in the Societyís work.
   The Editorial Committee, at their first meeting, found it necessary to set some limits to the scope of articles for inclusion in Archaeologia Cantiana. They decided that they would welcome papers contributed by members (although, in practice, papers from distinguished non-members also were accepted, to the enrichment of our volumes) on the following subjects: "British, Roman and Saxon Antiquities; Biography of Kentish Worthies; Genealogies of Kent Families; Ancient Heraldry of Kent Families; Ancient Seals of Kent Families and Officials; the Archbishops of Canterbury; the Bishops of Rochester; the Cathedrals of Canterbury and Rochester; the Deans and Chapters

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