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American Philosophical Society
Sixteenth-Century Spanish Bookstore: The Inventory of Juan de Junta (Transaction 85-1)
Transaction 85 No. 1
An article pub. in 1952 on early foreign printers in Burgos mentioned the existence in that city’s archives of a 1556 document concerning the shop of the printer-bookseller, Juan de Junta, an Italian by birth, son of the famous Florentine publisher Filippo di Giunta. The document is a legal contract written in 1556 by the notary Pedro de Espinosa for the lease of the Junta bookstore & print-shop in Burgos & also contains “a very interesting inventory of everything which was in the shop in that year.” Few contemporary documents give us as much primary evidence for the kinds of materials a 16th-century Spanish bookstore contained as this document does, for it provides the titles of all the books in the stock, the number of copies of each title, the costs of the individual books, in most cases the format of the book, &, in many cases, the city of publication or the name of the publisher. The document also provides financial details of the costs of paper & labor for printing, & rich insights into the agreements which governed the book trade.
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