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Petition for licence and privilege by Cervantes, Madrid (1604)

Source: Archivo Histórico Nacional; AHN, Consejos, 44826-1

Petition for licence and privilege by Cervantes, Madrid (1604), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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      By order of Your Majesty, I have read a book entitled
      The ingenious gentleman of la Mancha composed by Miguel
      de Cervantes Saavedra y it seems to me, thus having Your Majesty
      been served, that a licence to print it could be granted because
      [the book] will provide enjoyment and entertainment to the people,
      something that any rule of good government should pay attention to.
      In addition, I do not find in it anything against police and good
      manners. And I signed it on my name, Valladolid, XI
      September 1604.                        Antonio de Herrera


      Por mandado de Vuestra Alteza he visto un libro llamado El
      ingenioso hidalgo de la Mancha compuesto por Miguel de
      Cervantes Saavedra y me parece, siendo dello Vuestra Alteza
      servido, que se le podrá dar licencia para imprimille, porque
      será de gusto y entretenimiento al pueblo, a lo cual en regla de
      buen gobierno se debe de tener atención, aliende de que
      no hallo en él cosa contra policía y buenas costumbres.
      Y lo firmé de mi nombre, en Valladolid, a XI de
      setiembre 1604.                        Antonio de Herrera


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