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First Impressions - ‘Urbs ab alia’ Printers in Renaissance Venice

Posted By Sally A. Hickson, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
This session explores printers from other Italian cities who visited, worked in or even settled in Venice and their role in the development of Venetian print culture in the sixteenth century.  Printers and publishers were conduits for intellectual, artistic and financial exchanges among the key Italian centres; the print shops of Venice constituted an early form of ‘social media’. Papers should examine the presses, publications and interactions between Tuscan, Florentine, Roman, Ferrarese and other Italian printers and Venetian publishing houses, print professionals, editors, investors or consumers.  Aldus Manutius, Anton Francesco Doni, Francesco Marcolini, Gabriele Giolito, Tommaso Porcacchi – all came from cities outside of Venice and established themselves as Venetian publishers; how did they obtain licences, properties, presses, platens, access to letterpress manufacturers, ink and paper; how did they find and employ woodcutters and engravers for illustrations; what were the costs, margins and profits; what was the nature of second-hand trade in resources – mechanical and human – from shop to shop?  How did printers who arrived as strangers establish themselves socially, economically, intellectually and professionally in Venice? Please send proposals to Sally Hickson ( and/or Sharon Gregory ( by 30 May 2017.

Tags:  book history  intra-urban relations  presses  print history  printers  publishers  Venice 

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