Book Trade in Venice in the Late Quattrocento
Lecture in conjunction with the Friends of the Italian Cultural Center, Boston
The book trade developed in Italy following the introduction of the printing press in the fifteenth century. Book printing quickly grew in Italy; during the fifteenth century over 10,000 works were published, but in the following century these numbers grew much larger. During the sixteenth century publishers in the city of Venice produced over 27,000 editions.
This discussion will center on the printing industry, including how it spread first into northern Italian cities where Venice soon emerged as the book-printing capital of Italy.
Among the Venetian incunables (books printed before 1501) in the Boston Athenaeum’s collection are a 1493 illustrated edition of Dante’s Divina Commedia, and a very scarce 1496 edition of Marco Polo’s Travels of Marco Polo.
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