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Le marché des livres d'emblèmes en Europe. 1531-1750

Abstract : While emblem books have been the subject of many literary studies, their trade has not been the subject of a systematic historical analysis. To achieve this, this research is based on two sources. A corpus was produced from the catalogs of the main libraries and provides data for tracking the evolution of the production of emblem books to be followed year by year, over two centuries on an European level. Quickly this study revealed that the main editor of these works is none other than Christophe Plantin, whose commercial policy in this field will be taken up by his heirs in Antwerp as well as in Leyden. The richness of the sources kept in the Plantin-Moretus Museum not only allows us to know all the costs of making many emblem books, but also to monitor their sales at national and international level through the Frankfurt trade fairs.Research has already emphasized that the vogue of emblem books is almost simultaneous with the progression of Luther's ideas in Europe. The first researches and statistical analyzes confirmed that if the emblem books were originally largely silent on the confessional preferences of their authors, they have awoken interest of printers, publishers and authors impregnated with a culture favorable to the various reformed currents. This factor is often masked by the late proliferation of books of Jesuit and Dominican emblems responding to the Tridentine precepts. In this regard, the two sources used here helped to enlight on the sales of emblem books in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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Renaud Milazzo. Le marché des livres d'emblèmes en Europe. 1531-1750. Histoire. Université Paris-Saclay, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017SACLV052⟩. ⟨tel-01661442⟩

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