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Conclusion: A Comparative Perspective on Itinerant Networks

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In both England and the Netherlands there was a strong relationship between the social position of the pedlar and the image that was created in legal, administrative, visual and literary sources. The English Licensing Act of 1697 created a significant administrative and legal difference between the Netherlands and England in the eighteenth century. English pedlars and hawkers formed a distinct legal category within retail trade. In England distribution was officially divided between itinerants and regular booksellers and as a result the distinctions between the two means of distribution were clearer for potential buyers and readers than in the Netherlands. Both in England and in the Netherlands legislation against pedlars increased from the 1660s, an indication of their growing importance. Pedlars with printed wares exclusively, be it as stallholders or travelling hawkers, can be found in England as well as in the Netherlands.

Keywords: England; hawkers; Netherlands; pedlars; printed wares; stallholders



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