Royal Charter for Licensing , Madrid (1554)

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

Royal Charter for Licensing , Madrid (1554), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Royal Charter for Licensing

Full title original language:
Reglas que se han de observar en el Consejo sobre licencias para imprimir libros. Ordenanzas del Consejo. Carlos I y Príncipe D. Felipe

One of the most recognizable institutions of sixteenth century censorship in Spain was the Royal Council (Consejo Real). The institution was vested with absolute licensing power by a royal decree enacted in 1554. In light of the chaos caused by the plurality of licensing authorities, the enactment of this decree is a key moment in the development of censorial practices in the Spanish book trade. It was also the starting point for jurisdictional cross-fertilisation and a sequence of systematic legislative royal attempts to control the production and distribution of books in Spain.

1 Commentary:

  • Eguizábal, J. E. Apuntes para una historia de la legislación española sobre imprenta: desde el año de 1480 al presente 1873 (Madrid, Imprenta de la Revista de Legislación, 1879)

  • Lea, C. H. A History of the Inquisition of Spain. Vol. 3 Chapter 4 (New York, Macmillan, 1907)

  • Martínez Millán, J. “Aportaciones a la formación del Estado moderno y a la política española a través de la censura inquisitorial durante el periodo 1480-1559” in Pérez Villanueva, J. (coord.) La Inquisición española. Nuevas visiones, nuevos horizontes (Madrid, siglo XXI, 1980) pp. 537-578

  • Pinto Crespo, V. Inquisición y control ideológico en la España del siglo XVI (Madrid, Taurus, 1983)

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1752: Juan Curiel as Censor
1762: Free Trade Regulations
1763: Rules for Printers and Book Merchants' Guild in Madrid

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Year: 1554

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

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

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