Selling & Collecting: Printed Book Sale Catalogues and Private Libraries in Early Modern Europe

A sale of books in Genoa in 1583


Abstract


The article, based on archival sources, examines a sale of books held in Genoa in 1583 between two booksellers: Cristoforo Zabata and Antonio Orero. Most of these books had been previously acquired in Venice. The article provides an accurate analysis of book prices according to subject: law, literature, history, medicine and so on. The survey also highlights costs with regard to the number of sheets, format and language, thus providing a set of information useful for further comparative cross-regional studies. The appendix includes a transcription of the source along with a bibliographic identification of the books enlisted.


Keywords


Early modern books; Book trade; Book costs; Cristoforo Zabata; Antonio Orero.



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-12451

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