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1. Destined for Each Other

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The roots of Pieter Blussé family lie in the French-speaking part of the old county of Flanders: the village of Landas in the viscountcy of Lille. By apprenticing Pieter at the age of sixteen to an Amsterdam publisher and training Adolph himself in his own business in Dordrecht, Abraham hoped to expand the firm by opening a branch in Amsterdam. As Pieter saw, a publishing house, to be truly successful, had to be more than just profitable. At first Abraham Blussé's publishing house was as small as his book dealership. It was also in the 1760s that Abraham attained a position in the church. Abraham moved in several social circles and his network was certainly not limited to the city of Dordrecht. The story of Pieter and Sophia could be considered an example of the romantic love said by some historians to be on the rise in the eighteenth century.

Keywords: Abraham Blussé; Dordrecht; Pieter Blussé; Sophia



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