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Decree Establishing the Venetian Guild of Printers and Booksellers, Venice (1549)

Source: Venice, Archivio di Stato: ASV, CX, Com, reg. 18, 197v-198r.

Decree Establishing the Venetian Guild of Printers and Booksellers, Venice (1549), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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                  18 January, in the Council of Ten___

One of the principal arts of this City, and the most important in
many respects, is that of printing; which is however the only one
that remains unregulated while almost all others are well ordered
and have their capitulars and matriculation books, so that it has
happened more than once that the three deputies in charge of
matters of heresy, having heard about the authors and printers of
some scandalous and heretical books, prompted by



                        Die xviii Januarij In Consiglio____

Una delle principal arte di questa città, et delle più importante per
molti rispetti è quella della stamparia; la qual nondimeno essendo
quasi tutte le altre ben ordinate, et con le soe fraggie, et matricole,
sola se ritrova senza ordine alcuno, di modo che essendo occorso
più fiate alli tre deputati sopra li heretici di essere informati delli
authori, et stampatori di alcuni libri scandalosi, et heretici per


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