Tax Exemption for Books, Valladolid (1477)

Source: Archivo General de Simancas. AGS, RGS, XII-1477

Tax Exemption for Books, Valladolid (1477), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

Back | Record | Images | Commentaries: [1]
Record-ID: s_1477

Permanent link:

Full title:
The Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, restate the tax exemptions traditionally enjoyed by booksellers in the kingdom of Castile and applied them in particular to Teodorico the German, printer of "libros de molde"

Full title original language:
Los Reyes Catolicos, don Fernando y dona Isabel, reiteran las exenciones de impuestos que tradicionalmente gozan los libreros en el Reino de Castilla y las aplican en particular a Theodorico “aleman impresor de libros de molde”

Considered to be the earliest decree on printing in Spain by some scholars, the royal charter functions as a key document for exploring the context in which printing was introduced in the Iberian Peninsula. First, it opens an historical window through which to consider the circulation and production of books in a politically fragmented territory. Second, it offers contrasting interpretations of the type of royal intervention related to the printing trade.

1 Commentary:

  • De los Reyes Gómez F. “La historia de la imprenta en España: Aproximación Bibliográfica” Pliegos de Bibliofilia (27), Jul-Sep, 2004. Jul-Sep. pp. 43-64

  • García Oro J. and Portela Silva, M. J. La Monarquía y los libros en el Siglo de Oro (Alcalá, Centro Internacional de Estudios Históricos Cisneros, 1999)

  • Haebler, K. Early Printers of Spain and Portugal (London, Bibliographic Society, 1897)

  • Knapp, W. I. The Earliest Decree on printing or Thierry Martin of Spain (Seville, December 25, 1477) (New Haven, 1881)

Related documents in this database:
1487: Printing Privileges to Monasteries
1502: Licensing Rules
1506: Nebrija's Printing Privilege
1554: Royal Charter for Licensing

Author: Catholic Monarchs

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1477

Location: Valladolid

Language: Spanish

Source: Archivo General de Simancas. AGS, RGS, XII-1477

Persons referred to:
Aleman, Teodorico
Ferdinand II of Aragon
Isabella I of Castile

Places referred to:
Sanlúcar de Barrameda

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:


book trade
printing press
printing, history of

Responsible editor: Bellido, Xalabarder & Casas Vallès

Our Partners

Copyright statement

You may copy and distribute the translations and commentaries in this resource, or parts of such translations and commentaries, in any medium, for non-commercial purposes as long as the authorship of the commentaries and translations is acknowledged, and you indicate the source as Bently & Kretschmer (eds), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900) (

You may not publish these documents for any commercial purposes, including charging a fee for providing access to these documents via a network. This licence does not affect your statutory rights of fair dealing.

Although the original documents in this database are in the public domain, we are unable to grant you the right to reproduce or duplicate some of these documents in so far as the images or scans are protected by copyright or we have only been able to reproduce them here by giving contractual undertakings. For the status of any particular images, please consult the information relating to copyright in the bibliographic records.

Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900) is co-published by Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ, UK and CREATe, School of Law, University of Glasgow, 10 The Square, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK