Galliot Du Pré's Privilege (1515)

Source: Bbibliothèque municipale de Beaune

Galliot Du Pré's Privilege (1515), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Privilege granted to the printer Galliot Du Pré for 'Le Grand Coutumier de France'

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The privilege granted by the Royal Chancery to Galliot Du Pré, a renowned Parisian bookseller, was one of the first of its kind in France. It was obtained in May 1514 from Louis XII, to be definitively confirmed by his successor Francis I in 1515. At a time when the book trade was growing rapidly, in particular from the beginning of the sixteenth century, exclusive rights (exclusivity, or 'l'exclusif', as Diderot would later put it) over a publication appeared to be, as in all Europe, the most obvious means to protect this new market and its protagonists, printers and booksellers, but also authors (see f_1507 for the latter). In a world where the freedom to print and publish was still the rule, before the development of censorship, the request for a precious royal monopoly had to be grounded on some simple rationales: particularly economic ones, that is, to protect the hazardous investments involved in this new trade, especially if these financial risks were being taken in order to publish useful and interesting books for the king's subjects. Consequently, privileges were not conceded as a recognition of a pre-existing right, and had, in particular, to be limited in duration.

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Related documents in this database:
1507: Eloy d'Amerval's privilege
1552: General privilege granted to Adrien Le Roy and Robert Ballard

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Year: 1515

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Language: French

Source: Bbibliothèque municipale de Beaune

Persons referred to:
Du Pré, Galliot
Francis I
Louis XII

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King's Council of State (France)
Provostship of Paris


book market
book trade
classics, Greek and Latin
privileges, French
privileges, printing

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