Through the analysis of the personal book collection of Francesc Veray, vicar general of the bishopric of Girona, it is possible to establish the formats, places and dates of printing of the copies in his library. This data is of great interest as it provides unpublished information on the international book trade and the dissemination of printed copies at the time.
Thanks to the data collected in the document describing Frances Veray’s library, the main publishing centres of the 17th and 18th centuries can be seen, as well as the real capacity to spread these publishing imprints through international trade networks.
32.3% of the works analysed were printed in Venice, while 16% were printed in Lyon, making up 44.2% of the total between the two cities. By country, 38% of the volumes came from Italy, followed by Spain with 24.2%, France with 17.7%, Geneva with 13% and Germanic cities with 2.3% of the total. Within our borders, Catalan and Madrid printers stand out.
The predominance of Venice as the main publishing centre occurred especially during the 18th century, due to its great publishing capacity and the already established publishing trade networks that it possessed, both being the fundamental causes of this primacy in its printing presses.
Project: 11. Science and culture as representation in Europe., 3. Rural world and urban world in the formation of the European identity.
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University, Postgraduate
Resource type: Statistics
Source: Antón, J. (2011). "La cultura jurídica del Barroco y la difusión de la literatura legal. La biblioteca del vicario gerundense Francesc Veray (1787)", en Tiempos modernos, nº 23, p. 12.
Owner: Roberto José Alcalde López (Modernalia)
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Abstract: Table showing the cities where the books in Francesc Veray's library were printed in 1787