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The Globalization of the European Book Market: Diego Crance’s Catalogus librorum (Seville, 1680) and the Sale of Books in New Spain

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This chapter examines the catalogue and presents previously unpublished information about Diego Crance and the relations between the booksellers of Seville and their market in Mexico. The studies of Rodríguez-Moñino only mention three catalogues from the seventeenth century: two of them were inventories for the sale of private libraries in Madrid, and the third was the sales catalogue for the Indies discovered by José Torre Revelló. In 1680, the year of Crance's voyage, King Carlos II had decided that the ships sailing to America would set sail from Cadiz. The travellers who made the voyage had to obtain a permit to travel to the territories of New Spain. Crance's list divided the books into two main categories; first there were the Latin works, and then there were the "romance" books, written in the vernacular, which in this case was Spanish.

Keywords: Atlantic Voyage; Cadiz; Diego Crance's catalogus librorum; European book market; Madrid; New Spain; Rodríguez-Moñino



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