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The Pedlar in the Dutch Distribution Network

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This chapter addresses the character and extent of the itinerant book trade in the Netherlands. It assesses both the economic impact of this trade in the period 1600 to 1850, when it functioned alongside the extensive official book trade in the highly urbanised Dutch context, and the role of the pedlar as a link in the distribution network. In the Netherlands there were few commercial and administrative obstacles to itinerant trade. Amsterdam played a crucial role within the Dutch book trade in terms of both production and consumption. Demand in Amsterdam was vital for the economic welfare of the book industry. Jews had a share in the itinerant book trade in Amsterdam and the Netherlands in general, but were not dominant. During the period 1730 to 1850, at least 65 pedlars with printed wares were active in Utrecht.

Keywords: Amsterdam; book industry; itinerant book trade; Netherlands; pedlars; printed wares; Utrecht



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