Licensing Rules, Madrid (1502)

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España; BNE. pages 122-123 from Novísima recopilación de las Leyes de España. Madrid : [s.n.], 1805-1807)- Signature 1/6722.

Licensing Rules, Madrid (1502), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Full title:
Formalities that should precede printing and selling books from the Kingdom and for processing foreign ones

Full title original language:
Diligencias que deben preceder a la impresion y venta de libros en del Reyno, y para el curso de los extrangeros

The 1502 pragmatica became the earliest attempt to produce a standardized uniform scheme to regulate the issue of books in the Iberian Peninsula. It is also an evocative reference point for contemporary Spanish scholars when constructing historical narratives of the regulation of the printing press in Spain.

1 Commentary:

  • Cendán Pazos, F. Historia del derecho español de prensa e imprenta (1502-1966) (Madrid, Editora Nacional, 1974)

  • García Martín, J. El juzgado de imprentas y la utilidad pública. Cuerpo y alma de una Monarquía Vicarial (Bilbao, Servicio Editorial Universidad del País Vasco, 2003)

  • García Oro, J. Los reyes y los libros. La política libraría de la Corona en el Siglo de Oro (1475-1598) (Madrid, Editorial Cisneros, 1995)

  • Martín Abad, J. Los primeros tiempos de la imprenta en España (c. 1471-1520) (Madrid, Ediciones del Laberinto, 2003)

Related documents in this database:
1477: Tax Exemption for Books
1487: Printing Privileges to Monasteries
1506: Nebrija's Printing Privilege
1554: Royal Charter for Licensing
1558: Censorship Rules
1604: Petition for licence and privilege by Cervantes
1605: Don Quixote’s Privilege
1752: Juan Curiel as Censor
1762: Free Trade Regulations

Author: Catholic Monarchs

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1502

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España; BNE. pages 122-123 from Novísima recopilación de las Leyes de España. Madrid : [s.n.], 1805-1807)- Signature 1/6722.

Persons referred to:
Ferdinand II of Aragon
Isabella I of Castile

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Archbishop of Seville
Archbishop of Toledo
Bishop of Salamanca
Council of Castile
Royal Audiencia

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