Juan Curiel as Censor , Oxford (1752)

Source: Bodleian Library, Oxford, scanned from Novísima recopilación de leyes de España, [Madrid] Impresa en Madrid 1805-1807, vol. 4, pp. 132-135; shelfmark: Spain 30 N944a

Juan Curiel as Censor , Oxford (1752), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Juan Curiel as Censor: A new regulatory system

Full title original language:
Reglas que deben observar los impresores y libreros para la impresion y venta de libros conforme á lo dispuesto por las leyes del Reyno

The appointment of Juan Curiel as a censor and superintendent marked a significant period for the reorganisation and reinforcement of the system of censorship in Spain. The connection between state and religious censorship seems evident: Curiel was both a member of the Council of Castile and the Inquisition. But what made Curiel’s reform remarkable was not only his severity but also his contribution to the professionalization of censorship. More than twenty rules that printers and booksellers had to observe were promulgated under his aegis. Particularly controversial was the fact that, after Curiel’s reform, censors began to be salaried. For obvious reasons, this financial apparatus was heavily criticised by printers and booksellers and, as a result, was abolished ten years later.

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Related documents in this database:
1502: Licensing Rules
1554: Royal Charter for Licensing
1558: Censorship Rules

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Year: 1752

Location: Oxford

Language: Spanish

Source: Bodleian Library, Oxford, scanned from Novísima recopilación de leyes de España, [Madrid] Impresa en Madrid 1805-1807, vol. 4, pp. 132-135; shelfmark: Spain 30 N944a

Persons referred to:
Curiel, Juan
Ferdinand VI

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Institutions referred to:
Council of Castile

Novísima recopilación de las Leyes de España

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