Legal Deposit at the Royal Library, Madrid (1711)

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España, Manuscript & Rare Books Collection, sig. L000089

Legal Deposit at the Royal Library, Madrid (1711), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Legal Deposit at the Royal Library - List of Books and Materials (1711-1716)

Full title original language:
Libros entregados en esta Real Biblioteca por los impresores de esta Corte

These requirements initially covered a short (five-year) period, until printers succeeded in suspending the obligation altogether. Despite its temporary existence, appreciation of this requirement is crucial to perceive how the Spanish national library began as a royal collection and how a royal privilege produced a genealogy of copyright offices. Some scholars have argued that these monarchical attempts to impose an obligation are similar to early precursors of copyright offices. Both logistical and infrastructural manoeuvres could serve to distinguish a comparable tension between public interests in registration and private excuses to avoid it, using arguments that highlight the need to minimize costs and opportunities to copy.

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  • Guastavino Gallent, G. El Depósito Legal de obras impresas en España 1958-1961 (Madrid, Dirección General de Archivos y Bibliotecas, 1962)

  • Cervera, F. "El Depósito Legal" Revista de Archivos, Bibliotecas y Museos, t. LXVII-1, 1959, pp. 219-256

  • Sánchez Mariana, M. "La formación del fondo bibliográfico de la Biblioteca Real Pública" in López-Vidriero, M. L. and Cátedra, P. M. (dirs) El libro en palacio y otros estudios bibliográficos (Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 1996) pp. 265-277

  • Santiago Páez, E. (dir) La Real Biblioteca Pública, 1711-1760: de Felipe V a Fernando VI (Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, 2004)

Related documents in this database:
1878: Spanish Copyright Formalities: Certificates
1885: First Inscriptions of Works at the Spanish Copyright Office
1894: Copyright Formalities: Bulletin

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Year: 1711

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España, Manuscript & Rare Books Collection, sig. L000089

Persons referred to:
Calderón de la Barca, Pedro
Palomino, Antonio
Philip V

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Spanish National Library
Spanish Royal Library


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