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The Book Inventory of the Sixteenth-Century Krakow Bookbinder, Maciej Przywilcki

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In the sixteenth century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Krakow was the principal printing centre, dominating other smaller publishing towns that were much more modest than the capital of the multinational state. This chapter focuses on the inventory of a bookbinder who was involved not only in binding books, but also in selling them on a bookstall. The inventory was compiled in January 1587 by Jan Januszowski, the Krakow master-printer and the owner of the printing house known as Drukarnia Lazarzowa. A great majority of the works that are represented in Maciej Przywilcki's inventory, either as his own stock or books that his clients wanted him to bind, must have been books that sold well. The inventory of Maciej Przywilcki is not a lengthy one. Given the local market, it lists a modest stock of books.

Keywords: book trade; bookbinder; Jan Januszowski; Krakow; Maciej Przywilcki; Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth



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