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Author McLeod, Jane.
Title Licensing loyalty : printers, patrons, and the state in early modern France / Jane McLeod.
Imprint University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2011.


 Main Stacks  Z144 .M39 2011    AVAILABLE
Description 302 p. ; 24 cm.
Series The Penn State series in the history of the book.
Penn State series in the history of the book.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Printing -- France -- History.
Printers -- Certification -- France -- History.
Printers -- France -- Social conditions -- History.
Book industries and trade -- Political aspects -- France -- History.
Censorship -- France -- History.
Contents The early history of printers in provincial France, 1470-1660 -- The vicissitudes of a royal decree : enforcing the October 1667 Order in Council regulating printers in the provinces -- The royal council takes control : the 1701 inquiry and the Bureau de la Librairie -- The purges : the enforcement of printer quotas in the provinces after 1704 -- Arguments offered by printers in petitions for licences, 1667/1789 -- Patronage and bureaucracy intersect : five case studies in the reign of Louis XVI -- Behind the rhetoric : the social position and politics of provincial printers, 1750/1789 -- Conclusion -- Appendix A. Printers' wealth in the eighteenth century -- Appendix B. Some licensed provincial printers involved in the clandestine book trade, 1750-89, by town.
Summary "Explores the evolution of the idea that the rise of print culture was a threat to the royal government of eighteenth-century France. Argues that French printers did much to foster this view as they negotiated a place in the expanding bureaucratic apparatus of the state"--Provided by publisher.