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Merchants, Artisans & Literati: The Book Market in Renaissance Europe
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3/1/2019 to 3/2/2019
When: Friday, March 1, 2019
Where: Royce Hall 314
10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, California  90095
United States
Contact: Flavia Bruni

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A Conference Organized by Angela Nuovo (University of Milan – EmoBookTrade Project)

Friday–Saturday, March 1–2, 2019

In this conference, organized by Angela Nuovo of the University of Milan and the EMoBookTrade Project, experts of historical bibliography, intellectual history and economic history will investigate the Renaissance book trade as the ideal marketplace where authors, publishers, merchants and readers met. In the early stage of printing, Erasmus from Rotterdam provided a vivid account of his experience with the renowned humanist and publisher Aldus Manutius. In his 1508 Adagia, Erasmus described himself torn between Aldus’s rich library and his frantic printing shop where, allegedly, Erasmus was pressured by the publisher and his craftsmen to release the last-minute drafts of his texts moments before having them sent to press.

Whether fictitious or real, this stresses an often-overlooked aspect of the early modern print world. Books took shape in a varied environment where intellectuals, merchants, and artisans worked side by side in the common effort to produce competitive commodities for a growing market of readers. Only recently has scholarship followed up on Erasmus’s lead to fully recognize the early modern book world as an organic system in which authors, publishers, sellers, and readers shared responsibilities in shaping content, form, and context of books. From this perspective, material features of books mingle with economic aspects, and they all merge into consideration of social, cultural and political relevance.

Advance registration is requested. No fee. Limited seating. Campus parking information is posted at

The full conference program can be found on the UCLA CMRS website.

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