Writ of King D. Manuel I regarding payment to Valentim Fernandes, Lisbon (1514)

Source: Torre do Tombo, Lisbon, Portugal

Writ of King D. Manuel I regarding payment to Valentim Fernandes, Lisbon (1514), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Writ of King D. Manuel I regarding payment to Valentim Fernandes for printing «Ordenações Manuelinas»

Full title original language:
Alvará de D. Manuel I autorizando que a Casa da ìndia entregue a Valentim Fernandes especiarias no valor de 300 mil réis, resto de 700 mil réis, da impressão dos 5 mil livros dos 5 livros das ordenações que encadernou

This is a writ of King D. Manuel I authorising the overseer of the House of India to grant Valentim Fernandes spices in the amount of three hundred thousand Réis, remaining from seven hundred thousand Réis which he was owed for printing five thousand copies of five books of laws. The spices were meant to cover the money that was still owed to Valentim dos Santos and Hospital de Todos os Santos was to obtain any profits resulting from the sale of the books in question. Valentim Fernandes had printed «Ordenações Manuelinas», a pioneering project which paved the way for the first Portuguese Code of Laws. Valentim Fernandes also known as «Valentim Fernandes Alemão» or «Valentim Fernandes da Morávia», was born around 1518/1519. He was a German translator and bookmaker. He may have been awarded the first printing privilege in Portugal. By Patricia Akester

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Author: King D. Manuel I

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Year: 1514

Location: Lisbon

Language: Portuguese

Source: Torre do Tombo, Lisbon, Portugal

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Casa da Índia, Hospital de Todos os Santos

Ordenações Manuelinas


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