By Elizabeth Armstrong

Whilst printing first begun, a brand new ebook immediately fell into the general public area upon booklet. just a distinctive legislations or privilegium enacted via a reliable authority may well guard it from being reprinted with no the consent of the writer or writer. Such privileges for books are attested ahead of 1480, yet in Germany and Italy their efficacy was once constrained to a comparatively small quarter through the political fragmentation of the rustic. through the 1480s and 1490s France grew to become considered one of Europe's major centres of booklet 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. so much privilege-holders revealed the entire textual content in their furnish, and so forth a precis.

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Knowing that the Italian first edition which was still valid, having obtained from privilege doctors of Paris University advice to the effect that this privilege applied 4 only to the papal states within which the Pope was temporal sovereign. Milan publisher, who infringed a ten-year papal privilege of 1515 and was A prosecuted for it by the privilege-holder, managed with some specious excuses and no doubt with some expense to secure a pardon and permission to sell his edition, but took care to print in it the documents in the case.

For five years, 14 January 1518, 2 To Jacques Vivian, for Pierre Michault, Le doctrinal de Court, 1522, 4". date not given, printed on verso of title-page. for three years, :i A. Horawitz, Analecten zur Geschichte des Humanismus in Schwaben, 1512-1518, Vienna, 1 877, p. 217, no. xxxviii (30 August 1516). The fee paid by Koberger for the privilege referred to above, n. i, was * r' in fact thirty florins. et des oeuvres dejosse Badius Ascensius (1908), HI, 3545. Tacitus, Libri quinque nouiter inuenti cum reliquis operibus (Rome, S.

Pvc 1739. THE ROYAL CHANCERY who indeed two chancery are later to be found signing book-privileges in the royal Garbot, who signed a grant to Guillaume Eustace in France: Pierre 1514 (CH 1514; 3), and Robert Gedoyn, afterwards the secretaire des finances, who signed a grant at Blois in November 1512 (CH 1512,4) and subsequently in several others * (CH 1518, 5; 1519, 4; 1519, 6). Continuity can also be shown between the privilege-system in Milan and in France in the case of authors. mvc 706) came out in 1510 at Milan under the king's privilege applying to the whole of the duchy, which is summarised at the end of the text.

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