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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which firmly focuses on printed news. Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, most printing took place in small family businesses. Unlike the publication of pamphlets, print-making was a business of fluid partnerships between a number of highly specialised craftsmen. Abraham Verhoeven was printer-proprietor and perhaps editor-in-chief of the Nieuwe Tijdinghen. The correspondence of newswriters was the most costly investment required of a newspaper publisher, and the one thing that made the difference between a newspaper and any other sort of publication. In the years 1585-1619 many news pamphlets not only covered events which were the occasion for government-sponsored public celebrations, but actually reproduced copies of official documents provided for this very purpose. Initially newspapers were one aspect of this more general culture of printed, manuscript and oral communication.

Keywords: Abraham Verhoeven; culture; newspaper; printed news; printing; publication



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