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By Malcolm Walsby, Natasha Constantinidou

Students of pre-modern literary tradition count nearly completely on texts that experience survived: regularly those who have reached the comparative safeguard of recent library collections. however the urge to list, catalogue and put up for sale the wealth of recent courses within the age of print created an extra and beneficial source: publication lists. Printers made lists in their to be had inventory; vendors catalogued their libraries; spiritual gurus drew up indexes of banned books; assessors inventoried collections and inventory as a part of the cost of estates, or criminal court cases. This quantity examines an array of such lists taken from various ecu nations throughout the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. the result's a wide-ranging re-examination of 1 of the main attention-grabbing and underused assets for early smooth booklet heritage. participants contain: Jurgen Beyer, Flavia Bruni, Gina Dahl, Cristina Dondi, Shanti Graheli, Neil Harris, Justyna Kiliańczyk-Zięba, Alexander Marr, Kasper van Ommen, Andrea Ottone, Leigh T.I. Penman, Benito Rial Costas, John Sibbald, Kevin M. Stevens and Malcolm Walsby.

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Maclean, ‘Murder, Debt and Retribution in the Italico-Franco-Spanish Book Trade: the Beraud-Michel-Ruiz affair, 1586–91’ in R. Myers, M. Harris and G. Mandelbrote (eds) Fairs, Markets and the Itinerant Book Trade (London: Oak Knoll Press and the British Library, 2007), pp. 61–106, at pp. 71–2. F. Baridon, Inventaire de la bibliothèque de Pontus de Tyard (Geneva: Droz, 1950), p. 9. 62 See the items listed in M. Connat & J. Mégret ‘Inventaire de la bibliothèque des Du Prat’, at p. 119. book lists and their meaning17 the presence of the same edition with different bindings shows the variation in resale value, with certain bindings doubling the original asking price.

Coppens, ‘Et amicorum: not just for friends’ in D. Sacré & J. Papy (eds), Syntagmatia: Essays on NeoLatin Literature in Honour of Monique Mund-Dopchie and Gilbert Tournoy (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2009), pp. 9–17. 47 It is interesting, for instance, that the book collection of the Calvinist regent discussed by Pierre Jourda (‘La bibliothèque d’un régent calviniste’) contained no books by Calvin. 48 Article 4: ‘Books Fit for a Portuguese Queen: The Lost Library of Catherine of Austria and the Milan Connection (1540)’.

In probate inventories, for instance, appraisers were not looking at the original or bookseller value of the book but how much that volume was worth. 59 But this is not borne out in all studies. The differences in the valuation of a collection could be quite marked. 60 This highlights that in most cases, and notably in the ones examined in Doucet’s study, such a discussion misses the main point. Assessors were considering the book as an object as much as an edition. Just as is the case today, the state of a book, its provenance and condition could all change its value.

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