Book trade regulations and incorporation of the Parisian book trade, Paris (1618)

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22061 n°69

Book trade regulations and incorporation of the Parisian book trade, Paris (1618), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Letters Patent of the King for the Regulation of the Booksellers, Printers and Binders of this City of Paris

Full title original language:
Lettres Patentes du Roy pour le Reglement des Libraires, Imprimeurs & Relieurs de cette Ville de Paris

Following the political and religious turmoil of the second half of the sixteenth century, the booksellers and printers of Paris requested more definitive articles of association for their guild, and these were duly granted by Louis XIII in his letters patent of July 1618. This set of regulations, designed to provide an organisational framework for the bookselling profession, consisted of thirty-eight articles which, amongst other things, dealt with the essential question of which conditions had to be met in order to receive printing privileges from the Crown, and, in particular, what criteria were to be applied in determining their term of duration (for privileges were in theory temporary). Finally, the book trade regulations of 1618 confirmed that authors were not allowed to become involved directly in the sale of their own works, even though the author's name did have to be indicated on the title-page of their published works (this, however, being a provisional and pragmatic measure more than anything else).

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Year: 1618

Location: Paris

Language: French

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22061 n°69

Persons referred to:
Bailleur, Nicolas de
Blaise, Thomas
Blaisot, Gilles
Bourde, Jean
Buon, Nicolas
Charles IX
Chaudière, Regnault
Clopejeau, Gabriel
Coippeau, Gregoire
Cressonnet, Jean
Du Fossé, Nicolas
Durand, Pierre
Feburier, Pierre Louis
Fouet, Robert
Giffart, Louis
Henri IV
Iulliot, François
Le Mur, Pierre
Loménie, Henri Auguste de
Louis XIII
Martin, Edme
Martin, Nicollas
Mesnes, Henry de
Mirault, Antoine
Morel, Claude
Niuery, François
Remy, Jean
Robinot, Gilles
Soubron, Jean
Séguier, Louis
Thierry, Rolin
Varennes, Olivier de
Vitré, Antoine

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Institutions referred to:
Bibliothèque du Roi (French Royal Library)
Chambre syndicale des libraires et imprimeurs (Paris)
Civil Registry at the Châtelet du Paris
Collège de France
King's Council of State (France)
Palais de Justice (Paris)
Parisian Guild of Booksellers and Printers
Parlement of Paris
University of Paris (Sorbonne)

Edict of Gaillon 1571 (regulation of book trade)
Parisian Book Trade Regulations 1618
Royal Edict of 27 June 1577 (forbidding the hawking of books)

anonymous works
authors, self-publishing
duration, prolongation of privileges
employer/employee relations
foreign reprints
guild regulation
immoral works
interest groups
penalties, paid to fiscal authorities
price regulation
printing, history of
privileges, French

Responsible editor: Frédéric Rideau

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