Book Series Bibliologia, vol. 21

Printers and Readers in the Sixteenth Century

Christian Coppens (ed)

  • Pages: 517 p.
  • Size:210 x 270 mm
  • Language(s):French
  • Publication Year:2005

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-51811-4
  • Paperback
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"Le travail exhaustif de C. Coppens repose sur une vaste documentation dont témoignent les 950 notes de bas de pages! Par son ampleur et par des excursus sur des sujets voisins, il dépasse les Pays-Bas du XVIe siècle et ouvre de plus larges perspectives." (A. Labarre dans Bulletin du bibliophile, N°1, juillet 2007, p. 188-190)

"Slotsom: een belangwekkende bundel met lezenswaardige en toch diepgravende studies die de titel ten volle rechtvaardigen. Met name het historische lezersonderzoek komt eindelijk tot zijn recht. Deze overtuigende studies verdienen de ruime belangstelling van elke cultuurhistoricus, (nog lezende) bibliothecaris en bibliofiel." (M. de Schutter in: De Gulden Passer, 2007, p. 196)


Much attention is paid nowadays to the remarkable increase in the speed of communication that is transforming our planet into a global village. In fact, international contacts across frontiers have been with us for centuries.
Humans were wandering nomads before becoming traveling salespeople who built towns and countries. They were naturally interested in what was going on next door.
The European invention of the printed book and the appearance of printers and publishers made an important contribution to the scientific, cultural and intellectual development of the continent. The Low Countries, in particular Flanders with Dirk Martens and Christoffel Plantin Moretus among others, played a key role in this revolution, the value of which we still recognise today.
This important event was the subject of a colloquium, with the title "Aspects of intellectual migration in sixteenth century Europe: Printers and publishers in Paris, Geneva and the Low countries", organised on 9 June 2000 by the Centre for European Culture under the auspices of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.