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By the end of the sixteenth century the Breton book trade was increasingly well organised. The move towards a more structured framework for the printing and selling of books became even more marked in the early seventeenth century. The differences between the charters of Rennes and Nantes emphasise the very different political, institutional and religious characteristics of both cities. The printed production of the various presses active within the duchy of Brittany in the fifteenth and sixteenth century amounts to almost 300 distinct editions produced by 28 master printers in just over 20 different workshops. The evolution of the Breton presses provides us, perhaps, with the template that had eluded Pierre Aquilon. Provincial towns and cities were secondary centres of print that evolved in the shadow of the three major centres, Paris, Lyon and Rouen.

Keywords: Breton; Brittany; Rennes

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