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1st Edition

Publishing Networks in France in the Early Era of Print

ISBN 9781138712539
Published April 23, 2018 by Routledge
270 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines commercial and personal connections in the early modern book trade in Paris and northwestern France, ca. 1450–1550. The book market, commercial trade, and geo-political ties connected the towns of Paris, Caen, Angers, Rennes, and Nantes, making this a fertile area for the transference of different fields of knowledge via book culture. Diane Booton investigates various aspects of book production (typography and illustration), market (publishers and booksellers), and ownership (buyers and annotators) and describes commercial and intellectual dissemination via established pathways, drawing on primary and archival sources.

Table of Contents


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations



Map of northwestern France


Chapter 1 Profiting from a Breton Bestseller

Chapter 2 The (Re)use of Interchangeable Blocks

Chapter 3 Selling Books as a Breton Business

Chapter 4 Breton Diaspora and the Book Business

Chapter 5 Shaping a Reader’s Library





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Diane E. Booton, Ph.D., is an independent scholar specializing in the history of the book in late medieval and early modern Europe.


"Booton skillfully guides the reader through the collaborative process of early modern print in a provincial context, restoring to our sight the importance of commercial imperatives in determining the final shape and form of the book."

- Pollie Bromilow, University of Liverpool