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Print Culture and Peripheries in Early Modern Europe

A Contribution to the History of Printing and the Book Trade in Small European and Spanish Cities


Edited by Benito Rial Costas

Despite the fact that, if only by number, small and peripheral cities played an important role in fifteenth and sixteenth-century European print culture, book history has mainly been dominated by monographs on individual big book centres. Through a number of specific case studies, which deploy a variety of methods and a wide range of sources, this volume seeks to enhance our understanding of printing and the book trade in small and peripheral European cities in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and to emphasize the necessity of new research for the study of print culture in such cities.
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Benito Rial Costas


This article studies the distribution of Christopher Plantin’s Tridentine liturgical Books between 1568 and 1572 through a Philip II’s royal ordinance of 1572 and the reports of a systematic visit to the bookshops of Castile that same year. This article analyses some of the formidable complexities, successes and failures of the clash between Crown, market and Church. It highlights Philip II’s lack of control over the Spanish book market and the fraudulent import of liturgical books from Antwerp to Castile and the unofficial distribution of them.