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Emden As A Centre Of The Sixteenth-Century Book Trade. A Catalogue Of The Bookseller Gaspar Staphorst

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The importance of the north German port town of Emden as a centre of vernacular printing in the sixteenth century is now reasonably well-known. For a short period in the middle of the century, Emden flourished as a principal publishing centre for Dutch evangelical literature, turning out Bibles, catechisms, and works of religious polemic for the clandestine Calvinist churches in the Netherlands. Almost all of the books printed in Emden were religious works, intended for clandestine import and distribution in the Netherlands. A broadsheet catalogue of books was offered for sale in 1567 by an Emden bookseller, Gaspar Staphorst. He was one of a number of booksellers active in Emden during this period. Inevitably printing, one of the growth industries in a town enjoying booming prosperity during this period, supported a number of auxiliary trades: bookbinders, booksellers, and merchant capitalists prepared to invest in the book trade.

Keywords: Emden; Gaspar Staphorst; religious works; sixteenth-century book trade



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