Privilege for the Divisiekroniek, Brussels (1516)

Source: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KW 1084 A 6

Privilege for the Divisiekroniek, Brussels (1516), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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The Chronicle of Holland, Zealand and Frisia, starting from the time of Adam till the birth of our Lord Jesus, up until the year 1517, Leyden: Jan Severszoon, 1517

Full title original language:
Die Chronyk van Hollandt, Zeelandt ende Vriesland, beghinnende van Adams tyden, tot die geboerte ons Heren Jhesu, voortgaende tot den jare 1517, Leyden: Jan Severszoon, 1517

The 1516 privilege for the Divisiekroniek printed by Jan Severszoon was one of the first printing privileges with legal standing in the Northern Provinces of the Habsburg Netherlands, the territory that was later to become the Dutch Republic. The document specifying the privilege, which was printed at the end of the book, offers a window on the logic of the early modern privilege system under the rule of the Spanish Habsburgs. The commentary puts the privilege for the Divisiekroniek in a wider context. Starting with a short introduction to the political structure of the Habsburg Netherlands, it makes some general observations on the rationale and administrative handling of printing privileges in the Habsburg Netherlands before delving deeper into the contents of the privilege granted to Severszoon for the printing of the Divisiekroniek.

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Author: Cornelius Aurelius

Publisher: Jan Severszoon

Year: 1516

Location: Brussels

Language: Dutch

Source: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KW 1084 A 6

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