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By Elizabeth Armstrong

Whilst printing first all started, a brand new publication immediately fell into the general public area upon ebook. just a certain legislations or privilegium enacted by way of a reliable authority might safeguard it from being reprinted with out the consent of the writer or writer. Such privileges for books are attested prior to 1480, yet in Germany and Italy their efficacy used to be restricted to a comparatively small sector by means of the political fragmentation of the rustic. in the course of the 1480s and 1490s France grew to become considered one of Europe's major centres of publication creation and, as festival intensified, privileges have been sought there from 1498. even supposing privileges have been to last up to the Ancien Régime, the interval to 1526 is the least-known degree in their improvement and crucial. such a lot privilege-holders revealed the entire textual content in their supply, etc a precis.

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Or in the papal states. Plinii (i della Biblioteca Trivulziana, vol. i, Le illustrati milanesi del rinascimento (Milan, 1956), no. 33. pp. xvii-xviii. To Philippus de Giuntis & Sons of Florence, ten years, 15 February 1516, for the translation of Dioscorides by Marcellus Virgilius, 'secretarius florentinus'. De medico materia, 1518, fol. D. , privilege printed at the end. 8 9 To Ariosto for Orlando Furioso, Rome, 27 March 1516, for the author's lifetime. See above, n. To Alberto Bruno for his De statutis feminas et cognatorum lineam a successionibus excludentibus, i Rome, 2 April 1518.

Such was the case of Simon Gruel when he sought a privilege for a pioneer work on French rhetoric by the Rouen author Pierre Le Fevre (or Fabri) three years later (CH 1520, 6). provincial author or publisher who came in quest for a privilege to the chancery when it was in Paris might at least be able to combine this operation The with other business. visit to And the chancery at indeed a Paris applicant might be able to combine a or Lyon, for instance, with other business. On Rouen occasion, he might be prepared to make a special journey still further afield in PRIVILEGE-GRANTING AUTHORITIES IN FRANCE search of a privilege.

If on the contrary he was venturing on copy which would be obviously unwelcome to the Parlement, such as the text of the Concordat of Francis I and the papacy, or a royal Ordonnance which the Parlement had objected to registering, he would have a motive for preferring to go to the to chancery. Otherwise, all the royal authorities were evidently equally willing to any kind of publication and from any kind of applicant. Considerations of opportunity, convenience and cost seem usually to have dictated the choice of authority to approach.

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