Frankfurt Printers' Ordinance, Frankfurt (1598)

Source: Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt Flugschr. G. Fr. 931

Frankfurt Printers' Ordinance, Frankfurt (1598), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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New Regulation and Statutes, enacted by the worthy Council of the City of Frankfurt, as to what is to be adhered to henceforth by the printing-offices of this city. Promulgated on 10 October 1598.

Full title original language:
Eines Erbarn Raths ernewerte Ordnung vnd Artickel, wie es forthin auff allen Truckereyen, in dieser Statt Franckfurt soll gehalten werden

The censorship rules of 1588 were tightened in 1598, repeated in 1660 and again tightened further in the amendment of 1690. According to the 1588 Regulation (sections 7 and 10), printers were obliged to submit, twice a year at the time of the fairs, a catalogue of the works they intended to publish. In 1598, however, a pre-censorship rule was instituted for every single publication. According to the 1588 provision, the catalogue drawn up by a printer and approved twice a year by the authorities was sufficient proof that he had complied with the censorship rules, whereas from 1598 onwards a register of works having passed censorship was kept by the censorship authority.

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  • Pallmann, Heinrich, 'Ein Buchdruckerstrike zu Frankfurt a. M. im Jahre 1597', Archiv für Geschichte des deutschen Buchhandels, 8 (1883)

  • Kirchhoff, Albrecht, 'Beiträge zur Geschichte der Preßmaßregelung', Archiv für Geschichte des deutschen Buchhandels, II (1879).

  • Gramlich, Jürgen, 'Rechtsordnungen des Buchgewerbes im Alten Reich', Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens, 41 (1994): 1-145

Related documents in this database:
1660: Frankfurt Printers' Ordinance
1549: Statutes of the Venetian Guild of Printers and Booksellers

Author: Frankfurt City Council

Publisher: Saur

Year: 1598

Location: Frankfurt

Language: German

Source: Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt Flugschr. G. Fr. 931

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book trade
censorship, pre-publication
employer/employee relations
guild regulation
printing, history of

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