This collection of essays examines the operation of the market for learned books in Early Modern Europe through a series of case studies. After an overview of general market conditions, issues raised by the transmission of knowledge and the economics of the book trade are addressed. These include the selection of copy, the role of legal and religious controls in the production and diffusion of texts, the paths open to authors to achieve publication, the finances and interaction of publishing houses, the margins of the European book trade in England and Portugal, and the development of bibliographical tools to assist purchasers in their pursuit of scholarly works.
Ian Maclean is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College. He has published extensively on intellectual life in Early Modern Europe, including studies on Montaigne, Cardano, and the higher faculties of law and medicine.
Table of contents
1. The market for scholarly books and conceptions of genre in Northern Europe, 1570-1630
2. The readership of philosophical fictions: the bibliographical evidence
3. Mediations of Zabarella in Northern Europe, 1586-1623
4. The diffusion of learned medicine in the sixteenth century through the printed book
5. The reception of medieval practical medicine in the sixteenth century: the case of Arnau de Vilanova
6. Melanchthon at the book fairs, 1560-1601: editors, markets and religious strife
7. Cardano and his publishers, 1538-1663
8. André Wechel at Frankfurt, 1572-1581
9. Murder, debt, and retribution in the Italico-Hispanico-French book trade: the Beraud affair, 1586-91
10. Competitors or collaborators? Sebastian Gryphius and his colleagues in Lyon, 1528-56
11. Alberico Gentili, his publishers, and the vagaries of the English Book trade with the Continent, 1580-1614
12. English Books on the Continent, 1570-1630
Lusitani periti: Portuguese medical authors, national identity and bibliography in the late Renaissance
14. Louis Jacob de Saint-Charles (1608-70) and the development of specialist bibliography
All those interested in intellectual history, the history of the book, the history of intellectual exchange and the transmission of knowledge, the history of the economics of the book trade.