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Competitors Or Collaborators? Sebastian Gryphius And His Colleagues, 1528-1556

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According to Lucien Febvre et Henri-Jean Martin, Sebastian Gryphius was the 'prince' of Lyonnais printer-publishers. He worked in Lyon during the golden age of printing and publishing in that city, and a very great number of scholars were the beneficiaries of his labours. Some clues about Gryphius's publishing activities, as well as those of his colleagues in the Grande Compagnie des Libraires de Lyon, survive in the Symphorien Beraud inventory, through which one can glimpse the harsh commercial realities of the period, and contrast them with the much more favourable conditions that pertained in the earlier part of the century. The evidence of the 1591 Inventory and the Alciato correspondence leads the author to the conclusion that Gryphius entertained good commercial relations with his Lyon colleagues.

Keywords: publisher; Sebastian Gryphius; Symphorien Beraud



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