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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book which seeks to enhance our knowledge of the workings of a secondary print culture by analysing both the economics of provincial book production and the dissemination of the printed book within the duchy. It explains why the first presses disappeared so quickly, despite the precocious planting of printing in several Breton locations. To shed light on the aspect of the Breton book world, this book also focuses on the mechanics and economics of producing and obtaining books. The strong links between the Breton readership and other centres of print will also be considered through the particular prism of Breton authors, many of whom had their works published almost exclusively outside the duchy.

Keywords: Breton; duchy; print culture



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