La Fleur de la science de pourtraicture, Paris (1530)

Source: Bibliotheque nationale de France, Arsenal (4 Sc.A 4544 Réserve) Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden

La Fleur de la science de pourtraicture, Paris (1530), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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The flower of the science of portraiture, and embroidery patterns in the Arabic and Italian manner

Full title original language:
La Fleur de la science de pourtraicture Et patrons de broderie. facon arabicque et ytalique (1530)

Francesco Pellegrino’s privilege for a book of ornament designs is the first of its kind. Images in the form of printed illustrations had formerly been encompassed by privileges obtained for texts. Pellegrino’s book, printed and published in Paris, contained no text, other than the privilege itself, only images: 60 plates of arabesques, scrolls and knotwork. Pellegrino is cited as the ‘inventor’ (not the ‘author’) of these ornamental forms. In all other respects, his privilege was consistent in its terms and conditions with those granted in the early sixteenth century in France to writers, publishers and booksellers. From Florence by origin, Pellegrino may have been familiar with the issuance of privileges for images by the Republic of Venice and it was possibly this knowledge that prompted him to seek like protection at the French court.

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1507: Eloy d'Amerval's privilege
1516: Ugo da Carpi's Patent

Author: Francesco Pellegrino

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1530

Location: Paris

Language: French

Source: Bibliotheque nationale de France, Arsenal (4 Sc.A 4544 Réserve) Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden

Persons referred to:
Francesco Pellegrino
François I
Jacques Nyverd

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Provostship of Paris


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