Printer Joachim Wielandt's Privilege for Popular Chapbooks, Denmark–Norway, Copenhagen (1721)

Source: Danish National Archives, Københavns Universitet, Konsistorium: Kopibog (1538-1882) 1213-09: 1712 9 - 1727 9 mm.

Printer Joachim Wielandt's Privilege for Popular Chapbooks, Denmark–Norway, Copenhagen (1721), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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As for Nos. 56, 57 and 59, we have to admit that we do not know these three.

As for the three Nos. 65, 73, 74, we might otherwise infer from the other neighbouring ones that they must be of the same kind. Of all these Nos. (except 76, 77, 78, 78, 90, 91, etc.) it may be said that they consist of useless comedies, romances, and unreadable, unreasonable fables, which little boys tell in the streets, and others, as ignorant as the tellers, buy to amuse themselves at the spinning wheel, or in public company. Would it then be a great abuse of your Majesty's high name to sell by monopoly and under your Majesty’s honourable privilege such useless and partly evil goods? Nos. 76, 77, 78 are Swedish comedies, which would scarcely fit here, where one in a hundred would understand them; and as to No. 76 in particular, it is a coarse invention about a Danish princess who was married to Sweden about the year 1298, and it would be strange if it were reprinted here in this kingdom, since [even] the Swedes themselves almost despise the same



Af numeris 56, 57, 59 ud til enden maae vi disse tre tilstaae, at vi icke kiende disse.

Disse tre num. 65, 73, 74 vi kunde ellers af de andre omkringstaaende slutte at disse maae være af samme sort. Saa er da om alle disse numeri (undtagen 76, 77, 78, 90, 91 hvor om siden) det at sige, at de bestaaer af unyttige Comoedier, Romans og ulæseværdige, ufornuftige Fabeler, som smaae Drenge udraabe paa Gaden, og Andre, ligesaa uvittge som Udraaberne, kiøbe, for at diverte sig derudi ved en Spinderok eller i geemen Selskab. Skulde det saa være storligen at misbruge Eders Majestets høie Navn at sælge ved Monopolium og under E. Mai. allern. Privilegoi slige unyttige og tildeels onde Chartequer. Num. 76, 77, 78 ere svenske Comedier, som lidet vilde komme tilpas her hos os, hvor Een iblandt 100 ikke skulde forstaae dennem; og hvad num. 76 især angaaer, da er det en grof Invenctive paa en danske Prindsesse, som blev gift til Sverige henved Anno 1298 og skulde det være seldsomt, om den paa ny blev oplagt her i Riget, da de Svenske selv næsten foragte samme




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