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Murder, Debt And Retribution In The Italico-Franco-Spanish Book Trade: The Beraud-Michel-Ruiz Affair, 1586-1591

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On 30 September 1586, Symphorien Beraud, a prominent Catholic merchant publisher, who was already the Recteur de l’Aumône and together with this honour was on the point of becoming an échevin and thereby acquire noble status, was murdered in the streets of Lyon. Beraud strengthened his ties to the book trade by marrying as his first wife a daughter of Charles Pesnot whose family were prominent book merchants in Lyon, with strong commercial links in Spain; but they were not as well connected as Filippo Tinghi. When Beraud inherited Tinghi's estate, he had to collect debts from booksellers in Florence, Naples, Saragossa, Siena, Turin, Venice, Piacenza, Barcelona, Milan, and no doubt many other places. Yet another beneficial practice was the use of agents and the storage of books at the great northern fairs and at Medina del Campo.

Keywords: book trade; Filippo Tinghi; Symphorien Beraud



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