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How much did books cost
in Early Modern Europe?
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Which works obtained legal protection from the Republic of Venice from 1469 to 1603?
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EMoBookTrade: An Evidence-based Reconstruction of the Economic and Juridical Framework of the European Book Market is a research project that addresses fundamental questions relating to the growth of a fully developed book trade and the rise of a society of book consumers within the social and religious context of early modern Europe. It is focused on book prices and on Venetian book privileges. Led by Angela Nuovo, and funded by the European Research Council from 2016 to 2022, it involves a team of twelve researchers, based initially at the University of Udine and since 2019 at the University of Milan. EMoBookTrade aims to produce data and research based on a large-scale, quantitative analysis of book prices in Europe (ca. 1540-1630) and on the development of book privileges in Venice as the first European city to make a systematic use of this juridical institution. The Early Modern Book Prices database and The Early Modern Book Privileges in Venice database are its major results.

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About the Data

33,000

Book prices

10

Cities where prices were set

22,000

Editions

73

Sources of book prices

10

Currencies

4,700

Book privileges

33,000

Book prices

10

Currencies

73

Sources of book prices

22,000

Editions

10

Cities where prices were set

4,700

Book privileges

Illustrations were one of the factors which influenced the prices for books.

Naturally when we were at the Museum Plantin-Moretus we had to have a look at the impressive collection of woodblocks.

Here you see 2 blocks and their printed images.

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It was such a treat to work with books *in hand* again when we were in Antwerp.

Special thanks to @kristofselle who enriched our trip with additional & insightful information on Plantin 📚📖

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Antwerp Seminar of the EMoBookTrade Project, Auditorium of the Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, 26 August 2021

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On 13 Nov 2020 at 2pm (CET) Angela Nuovo & Andrea Ottone will discuss Sacrobosco’s Sphere with Stefano Gulizia, Elio Nenci and Matteo Valleriani at the Milano Book City. Be sure to sign up here

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International Conference Reshaping the Early Modern Book World: Competition, Protection, Consumption, University of Milan, postponed, date to be confirmed.

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Angela Nuovo, Andrea Ottone, Erika Squassina, I privilegi librari nella prima età moderna fra tutela dell’editoria e disciplina dei contenuti, Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, 10 December 2019

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