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Alberico Gentili, His Publishers, And The Vagaries Of The Book Trade Between England And Germany, 1580-1614

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Of all the titlepages of Alberico Gentili's books printed during or shortly after his lifetime, only one records who actually paid for the book to be produced and marketed. This was the composite edition of the three parts of the De iure belli commentationes which appeared in 1589 from the press of John Wolfe. Wolfe's incursion into the Frankfurt book market began in 1581 and lasted until he ceased printing on his own behalf in 1591. It has been suggested that Alberico's departure to Germany prompted by the opposition he encountered at Oxford to his election to the Regius Chair of Civil Law arising from the suspicion that his religious belief was not sincere, and that his outlook was marked by 'italica levitas'. Sir Francis Walsingham eventually secured for Alberico the Regius chair of Civil Law at Oxford, for which he was nominated on 7 June 1587.

Keywords: Alberico Gentili; Frankfurt book market; John Wolfe



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