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The Disappearance Of The Presses

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The analysis of the entire corpus of books published in the period 1500 to 1523 shows that not a single book was printed in Rennes and that only five came off presses based in Nantes. Such figures contrast sharply with those compiled from the analysis of the editions that mention those towns on the title page or in the colophon. The strength of the booksellers' network, and the increasingly large number of works printed in the main centres of print made the maintenance of printing presses in Brittany difficult. The arrival of a new press would inevitably be considered as a source of competition for well-established members of the book trade. To succeed, a printer had to rely on a minimum number of assured sales.

Keywords: book trade; booksellers' network; printing presses

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