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The programme for the Dordrecht festivities, which included a 'triumphal procession' with singing masked journeymen printers acting out their trade, is described in detail in Adolph Blussé's newspaper, the Dordrechtsche Courant of 8 July 1823. The printing press had brought enlightenment: this was the message conveyed not only by this dangerously flammable symbolism but also by the lyrics of the songs that the singing journeymen printers sang in their carriages and scattered as handouts to the crowd. The succession of social uprisings that mark the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, in which the printing press played a significant role, will have caused respect for the influence of this medium to grow considerably. Pieter even prided himself as a publisher of practical books, and he manipulated the reception of his own entry in biographical dictionaries to advance this reputation.

Keywords: Dordrecht; enlightenment; singing journeymen printers



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