Merchants, Artisans & Literati: The Book Market in Renaissance Europe

Scientific meeting

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Begins on: Friday 1 March 2019.
Ends on: Saturday 2 March 2019.
Location: Los Angeles
Related institutions: UCLA
In this conference, organized by Angela Nuovo of the University of Milan and the EMoBookTrade Project, experts of historical bibliography, intellectual history and economic history will investigate the Renaissance book trade as the ideal marketplace where authors, publishers, merchants and readers met.
In the early stage of printing, Erasmus from Rotterdam provided a vivid account of his experience with the renowned humanist and publisher Aldus Manutius. In his 1508 Adagia, Erasmus described himself torn between Aldus’s rich library and his frantic printing shop where, allegedly, Erasmus was pressured by the publisher and his craftsmen to release the last-minute draft s of his texts moments before having them sent to press. Whether fictitious or real, this stresses an often-overlooked aspect of the early modern print world. Books took shape in a varied environment where intellectuals, merchants and artisans worked side by side in the common effort to produce competitive commodities for a growing market of readers.
Related keywords: economy of printing, history of printing, reader