Royal letters patent, Paris (1701)

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22071 n°195

Royal letters patent, Paris (1701), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Letters patent and decree of the King's Council of State for the regulation of the book trade

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Following the general rulings (arrêts) of 1665 and 1686, and coming before the Code de la librairie of 1723 (f_1723), the regulations of 1701 constituted a new important step towards the centralization of royal policy in the area of press control. Significantly, as a result of this piece of legislation - which remained a symbol of the lobbying power of the Parisian booksellers against their provincial counterparts - the flexibility which local authorities had until then had to authorize the circulation and publication of books was suppressed to the benefit of Paris.

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Author: N/A

Publisher: François Muguet

Year: 1701

Location: Paris

Language: French

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22071 n°195

Persons referred to:
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Desvieux, Louis
Dongois, Nicolas
Louis XIV
Muguet, François
Phélypeaux, Louis

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Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Chancery of France ('Grande Chancellerie')
King's Council of State (France)
Parlement of Paris

French Royal Letters Patent (1701), on the book trade
Parisian Book Trade Regulations 1686

book trade
censorship, pre-publication
interest groups
licensing, Imprimatur
price regulation

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