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Ordinance concerning Printers, Booksellers and School masters, Brussels (1570)

Source: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KW 1704 C 55

Ordinance concerning Printers, Booksellers and School masters, Brussels (1570), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Which book, thus having been compaired, signed and valued, will be send to the aforesaid headprinter, to keep and archive it in a place, designated thereto by us, and the aforesaid book will remain as original in order to perform the comparison and approval, if the matter will demand such.


The aforesaid commissaries will often visit the printing houses, without declaring the day that they will do so, to review that which is printed, and how the aforesaid orders and notices are observed.




Ende naedien de printinge voleyndt sal wesen, sal de printer aleer hy daervan yet sal mogen vercoopen oft distribueren, den voirseyden commissarisen ouerleueren een vande geprinte boecken mitte originaele mynute, om mitte selue gecollationneert te worden, den welcke hen blijuen sal, gelijck byde voirseyde ordinantie, gepubliceert op t'stuck vander religie, breeder verhaelt is. Ende bouen dien, sullen de voirseyde commissarisen den voirseyden geprinten boeck, alsoe by hen gecollationneert, onderteyckenen, certificerende den seluen gecollationneert te hebben, ende beuonden concorrende mitte voirseyde originaele mynute, welcken boeck voirts gesonden sal worden aen ons, oft onsen voirseyden stadthouder ende gouuerneur generael van herwertsouere, oick voir ende aleer den seluen te mogen vercoopen oft distribueren, om getaxeert, ende tot zekeren redelijcken prijs gestelt te worden, by onsen lieuen ende getrouwen die hooft President ende luyden van onsen Secreten rade, daerop gehadt t'aduijs vanden voirseyden hooftprinter, oft van anderen persoen die hen goetduncken sal. Ende sal den seluen prijs gespecificeert worden, in d'eerste oft leste blat van elcken boeck.


Welcken boeck alsoe gecollationneert, onderteeckent ende getaxeert zijnde, sal gesoden worden aenden voirseyden hooftprinter, om dien te bewaeren ende in depost te leggen in eenige plaetse, daertoe van onsen wegen bewesen, ende sal den voirseyden boeck blijuen als originael, om vanden seluen collatie ende comprobatie gedaen te worden, als de zake zulcx vereysschen zal.


De voirseyde commissarisen sullen dickmael de printingen visiteren, sonder den dach te verclaeren dat zy t'selfde sullen willen doen, om te besien t'gene desser geprint wordt, ende hoe de voirseyde ordinantien ende placcaten geobserueert worden.


Sal insgelijcx de voirseyde hooftprinter selfz, alst hem goetduncken sal, de voirseyde visitatie mogen doen, op dat al t'selue des te secretelijcker gedaen worde. Ende op dat de werckluyden ende andere, des te meer zorge dragen hun debuoir daer inne te doene.


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