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PRIMARY SOURCES

ON COPYRIGHT

(1450-1900)

Privilege to Giovanni Giolito di Ferrari for publication of Paolo Comitolo's "Catena in Beatissimum Job," and revocation of Jean Stratius' privilege in the same work, Vatican (1587)

Source: Vatican Secret Archives Sec. Brev. Reg. 130 F. 70 (1587)

Citation:
Privilege to Giovanni Giolito di Ferrari for publication of Paolo Comitolo's "Catena in Beatissimum Job," and revocation of Jean Stratius' privilege in the same work, Vatican (1587), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Strike through = crossed out, but legible

[XXX] = illegible

We, therefore, wanting to take thought for your indemnity in this respect and wishing to bestow special favors upon you and marks of favor, and judging {you absolved} from any excommunication, suspension, and prohibition, and other eccliastical judgements, censures, and penalties brought by the law, or by men on whatever occasion, or by whatever cause, if anyone is implicated for any reason, we give effect to the present decrees to this extent, [either] absolving him of these things in turn, [or] judging that he will be absolved. By motu proprio, not due to your insistence of the petition offered to us in this matter, nor due to that of another on your behalf, but from our unadulterated generosity and certain knowledge, and from the plenitude of apostolic power, after the said work will have been printed by you and examined and approved by the Reverend Brother, the Patriarch of Venice, every and each faithful Christian of both sexes, especially booksellers and printers of books or typesetters called by whatever name, so in the beloved City {of Rome} and her district as in the entire Papal state {both} directly and indirectly subject {to Papal authority} and all Italy, under {punishment} of a sentence of major excommunication lata sententia, from which no one would be able to be absolved besides by us and {whoever may be} the Roman Pontiff at the time, and for as long as {the relevant people are} directly or indirectly subject to our temporal dominion or that of the Holy Roman Church, and also [the punishment] of three hundred ducats of gold from {their} treasury, to wit: the first portion to the Papal Treasury and another to you and your heirs and successors or to those having either a right {to money} from you or from those{, i.e., your heirs,} according to the



    


Superscript = inserted by original or different author between lines

[ ] = inserted by original or different author in margin

{ } = supplied by transcribers

Bold Script [or] Script or scribble = written in a different hand(s)

Strike through = crossed out, but legible

[XXX] = illegible

  1. in parte consulere, teque specialibus favoribus, &
  2. gratiis prosequi volentes, & a quibusvis excommu=
  3. nicationis, suspensionis, & interdicti aliusque ecclesia=
  4. sticis sententiis, censuris, & poenis a iure, vel ab ho=
  5. mine quavis occasione, vel causa latis, si quibus quo=
  6. modolibet innodatus existis, ad infrascripta prae=
  7. sentium dutaxat consequendum, harum serie absol=
  8. uentes, & absolutum fore [1]censentes. Motu pro=
  9. prio, non ad tuam, aut alterius pro te nobis desu=
  10. per oblatae petitionis instantiam, sed ex nostra
  11. mera liberalitate, & certa scientia, ac de Apostoli=
  12. ce potestatis plenitudine, postquam dictum opus[2] a te
  13. impressum[3], & a Reuer.Fratre Inquisitore[4] Venetia=
  14. rum examinatum, & approbatum fuerit[5], omnibus
  15. & singulis utriusque sexus CHRISTI fidelibus, prae=
  16. sertim Bibliopolis, & librorum impressoribus, seu
  17. typographis, quovis nomine nuncupatis, tam in al=
  18. ma Urbe, & illius districtu, quam toto statu Ec=
  19. clesiastico mediate, & immediate subiectis[6], totaq{ue}
  20. Italia, sub excomunicationis maioris latae sententiae,
  21. a qua nullus, praeterquam a nobis, & Romano Pon=
  22. tifice pro tempore existente, absolui possit, & quo=
  23. ad nostro, & Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae tem=
  24. porali dominio mediate, vel immediate subiectos,
  25. etiam trecentorum Ducatorum auri de Camera,
  26. quo[7] una videlicet Camerae Apostolice[8], & alia tibi,
  27. tuisque haeredibus[9], & sucessoribus, aut ius, &[10] cau=
  28. sam a te, vel eis pro tempore habentibus, & pro


[1] The handwritten privilege does not contain lines 20-25.

[2] In handwritten privilege: dicta opera.

[3] In handwritten privilege: impressa.

[4] In handwritten privilege: et a venerali fratre Patriarcha.

[5] In handwritten privilege: examinata et approbata fuerint.

[6] In handwritten privilege: subiecto.

[7] In handwritten privilege: pro.

[8] In handwritten privilege: apostolicae.

[9] In handwritten privilege:  heredibus.

[10] In handwritten privilege: vel.



    


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