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Before we are Condemned: Inquisitorial Fears and Private Libraries of New Spain

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In this chapter, a more thorough investigation can be carried out into the history of the Book of New Spain with new contributions regarding printers, such as Zuñiga y Ontiveros or María Fernández de Jáuregui, commercial bookstores such as Ibarra, and even institutional libraries such as the Palafoxiana to mention but a few interesting examples. Nonetheless, the variety of documentary sources relating to libraries that was found begs to be investigated and clarified. The inquisitorial activity that began in the second half of the sixteenth century undoubtedly affected several printers, book dealers and book owners, such as Pedro Ocharte or Cornelio Adriano César, among others. The inquisitorial system of control which had been designed was almost perfect; however, it must have had some flaws as the circulation of books that could be considered inconvenient was quite common.

Keywords: inquisitorial system; institutional libraries; María Fernández de Jáuregui; Spain; Zuñiga y Ontiveros



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