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Ownership, Readership And Authorship

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The lack of correlation between centres of humanism and printing is born out further afield by the case of Sélestat in Alsace. Furthermore, three printers were born in Sélestat. All the necessary ingredients for a vibrant print culture seemed to be present. The education of the Bretons is central to our understanding of the potential local readership. If one looks to the records of the fifteenth-century universities, there seems to have been a considerable Breton contingent in a number of different institutions. Determining the ownership of books can be slightly easier than ascertaining who read them. By far the largest sixteenth-century Breton collection we know of was that of the celebrated jurist and author, Bertrand d'Argentré. Unlike most lists of private collections that have survived, the inventory of his library was drawn up in the owner's lifetime simply as a record of all the books he owned.

Keywords: authorship; Breton; ownership; readership; Sélestat



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