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How (not) to get published: the Plantin Press in the early 1590s

Machielsen, Jan 2010. How (not) to get published: the Plantin Press in the early 1590s. Dutch Crossing 34 (2) , pp. 99-114. 10.1179/030965610X12726397286124

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Abstract

This article explores the strategies used by the English Catholic Thomas Stapleton (1535–1598) and the Flemish–Spanish Jesuit Martin Delrio (1551–1608) to have their works printed by Jan Moretus I, successor and son-in-law of the well-known printer Christophe Plantin, and the economics behind Moretus' reluctance to commit their writings to print. Delrio's ultimate success and Stapleton's failure are explained by their different approaches. While Stapleton missed clear opportunities to make the publication of his text more appealing and resorted to empty rhetorical threats, Delrio used various contacts to exert pressure on the printer. The single-mindedness of the two authors stands in contrast to the attitude of their publisher who faced many different pressures in a competitive market.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: A General Works > AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Publisher: Maney Publishing
ISSN: 0309-6564
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:51
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/86408

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