By Elizabeth Armstrong
Whilst printing first started, a brand new ebook instantly fell into the general public area upon ebook. just a distinctive legislations or privilegium enacted by means of a reliable authority might guard it from being reprinted with no the consent of the writer or writer. Such privileges for books are attested earlier than 1480, yet in Germany and Italy their efficacy used to be constrained to a comparatively small quarter via the political fragmentation of the rustic. in the course of the 1480s and 1490s France turned one in all Europe's major centres of booklet construction and, as pageant intensified, privileges have been sought there from 1498. even though privileges have been to last up to the Ancien R?gime, the interval to 1526 is the least-known degree in their improvement and crucial. so much privilege-holders revealed the complete textual content in their supply, etc a precis.
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27 PRIVILEGE-GRANTING AUTHORITIES IN FRANCE proceeding to Antwerp to have them printed: he also paid 1 2s a gratuity of about 2 1 per cent of the official fee to the clerk. No one concerned, therefore, ' had any reason to refuse a book-privilege who was prepared to reasonable case for it. pay for it, from the chancery to an applicant as long as the applicant could make out a Why then did applicants in France go, even more often than to the chancery, to the lawcourts, and quite frequently to the Prevot of Paris?
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. G. Vernazza . di Freney, Dizionario dei tipografi in Piemonte (Turin, 1859), p.
3 Ibid. Ep. 1341. s 6 + f. first when applied for a privilege, it had been the a printer printed something new, for the 2 of the prelims. P. S. Allen, Vol. , Ep. 1341, line 10, p. 202. Ep. 1344. K. Schottenloher, Die Widmungsvorrede im Buck des i6tenjahrhunderts (Miinster, 1953), p. 199. K. Schottenloher, 'Die Druckprivilegien des i6ten Jahrhunderts', Gutenberg-Jahrbuch (1933), pp. 89-1 1 1. 15 ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF BOOK-PRIVILEGES other printers to refrain from reprinting it for three years.
Before Copyright: The French Book-Privilege System 1498-1526 by Elizabeth Armstrong