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Revista Brasileira de História

Print version ISSN 0102-0188On-line version ISSN 1806-9347

Abstract

DENIPOTI, Cláudio. Commerce and circulation of books between France and Portugal at the turn of the 18th to the 19th century or When the British threw books overboard. Rev. Bras. Hist. [online]. 2008, vol.28, n.56, pp.431-448. ISSN 1806-9347.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0102-01882008000200008.

This is an attempt at investigating some of the ways books were circulated in Portugal in the late 18th and early 19th Century, analyzing the letters exchanged between Marino Miguel Franzini and European booksellers - particularly French, or in France - and commercial agents responsible for acquiring or dispatching the books to Portugal. The documents are concentrated in the decades immediately preceding the liberal movement, and are made up of lists of books (ordered or delivered), book catalogues, invoices and personal letters. These papers show information which strengthens the idea that, in Portugal, the philosophical enlightened literature was broadly spread, through processes which varied from direct purchase, mediated by booksellers, sailors and merchants, to contraband and counterfeiting, done by immigrants and liberal agitators of various nationalities.

Keywords : book history; liberal ideas; commerce networks.

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