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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, www.copyrighthistory.org

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


Here follows the privilege.


François, by the grace of God, King of France. To the provost and bailiff of Paris, or his lieutenants, and to all our other justices, devoted Salutation.  We have received a humble plea from our dear and well-loved Francesco Pellegrino of Florence, relating that he has always adorned, published and prospered the art and science of portraiture. And with great pain and labour has invented and composed a book of foliage, knotwork and Moresque and Damascene designs that he wants freely to have printed and publish if it is our pleasure so to permit and grant.  And also, if we have regard that he is the first inventor, that we also prohibit and defend all other publishers and booksellers in our kingdom to print or have printed the said book on pain of confiscation and a fine. Taking this into account and wanting and desiring that the entire compass of the polite arts are exercised in our kingdom, Know that by these present we grant Pellegrino permission to enable him have printed by printers of his choice the said book during the period and time of six consecutive years from the date of publication, without making it legal or permissible during this time for any other publishers in our kingdom to print the book, or have it printed, on pain of a fine and of confiscation of all copies of the said book found to have been printed by them. So, given that owing to our gift, grant and permission, this privilege belongs to him, we summon each and everyone of you to suffer and allow the said Pellegrino to enjoy and use it, fully and in peace, during the prescribed time and without interruption or hindrance.  For this is our pleasure. Given at Bordeaux on the 17th June, in the year of Our Lord 1530, and in the sixteenth year of our reign.   


By the king for your information.  Barrillon.


The present book was printed in Paris by Jacques Nyvert, 4th day of August in the year of Our Lord, 1530.  For the noble man, Mr Francisco Pellegrino, of Florence.


Translation by: Katie Scott


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