The Guild and the Others: Printers and book sellers in Venice between laws and counterfeits (XVII-XVIII)

Journal title SOCIETÀ E STORIA
Author/s Laura Carnelos
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2010/130
Language Italian Pages 32 P. 657-688 File size 739 KB
DOI 10.3280/SS2010-130001
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During the 17th and the 18th centuries, the Venetian guild of printers and booksellers did not represent all the world of books. Relations, ties, conflicts and solutions between corporate bodies and «contraffacenti» (non-guild members or those who worked outside their professional class) have been reconstructed through archival research for a period of over two hundred years. This was a constant cohabitation - imposed on some guild-members, but for others a useful source of cooperation - that led to the development of complementary systems of book production and trade. The fact that laws were issued by both the State and the guild left workers room to practice, experiment and illegally. In this essay the author analyzes people who learned trade their job without necessarily following the training required by the guild and, in most cases, managed to get into the publishing market.

Keywords: Guilds; Venice; 17th-18th century; printers; booksellers; illicit workers

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Laura Carnelos, La corporazione e gli esterni: stampatori e librai a Venezia tra norma e contraffazione (secoli XVI-XVIII) in "SOCIETÀ E STORIA " 130/2010, pp 657-688, DOI: 10.3280/SS2010-130001