Don Quixote’s Privilege , Madrid (1605)

Source: Biblioteca de Catalunya, Cerv. Vitr. I-3

Don Quixote’s Privilege , Madrid (1605), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Don Quixote’s Privilege

Full title original language:
Licencia y privilegio de impresión del Quijote

This document is associated with the core document: s_1604. The title page of the editio princeps of Don Quixote (1605) shows that Cervantes was succesful in obtaining a book privilege. However, his desired term of protection was significantly reduced to ten years. The book cover and its preliminaries were instances of different legal mediations. Our purpose is to continue the survey of the particular circumstances surrounding what could have been the most valuable printing privilege in Spanish Renaissance literature.

Commentary: No commentaries for this record.

  • Bouza, F. “El primer lector del Quijote” Cervantes. Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America, 29.1 (Spring 2009) pp. 13-30

  • Chartier, R. The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe Between the 14th and 18th Centuries (Stanford University Press, 1994)

  • Jurado, A. Juan de la Cuesta, impresor de El Quijote por encargo del libro Francisco de Robles y breves noticias de ambos y del autor de la obra Miguel de Cervantes (Madrid, Sociedad Cervantina, 2007)

  • Lucía Megías, J. M. (ed.) Aquí se imprimen libros. La imprenta en la época del Quijote (Madrid, Ollero y Ramos, Ayto. de Madrid, 2005)

Related documents in this database:
1502: Licensing Rules
1554: Royal Charter for Licensing
1558: Censorship Rules
1604: Petition for licence and privilege by Cervantes
1605: Don Quixote’s Privilege Extensions
1614: Publishing Agreement: the Spanish translation of Ludovico Blosio oeuvre
1834: Privilege to the Royal Lithographic Establishment

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Year: 1605

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Biblioteca de Catalunya, Cerv. Vitr. I-3

Persons referred to:
Amézqueta, Juan de
Cervantes Saavedra,, Miguel de
Gallo de Andrada, Juan

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