Intellectual Property and the Adages

Kathy Eden

in Friends Hold All Things in Common

Published by Yale University Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780300087574
Published online October 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780300133646 | DOI:
Intellectual Property and the Adages

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This chapter describes how the Adagiorum chiliades—arguably the hottest literary property of the first quarter of the sixteenth century—helped to secure the fame and fortune of Europe's two most powerful printing houses during that time, that of Aldo Manuzio in Venice and Johann Froben in Basel. The publication events that follow belong to a larger picture of the rapidly changing intellectual and material landscape inhabited by sixteenth-century Europeans—changes that had an especially jolting impact on their experience as readers. The published Adages represents not only an artifact that more people could own because of the new technology of printing, it also made these many book-owners at once proprietors of a classical heritage that had previously been the intellectual property of very few.

Keywords: hottest literary property; Adagiorum chiliades; printing houses; Aldo Manuzio; Venice; Johann Froben; Basel

Chapter.  7107 words. 

Subjects: Intellectual Property Law

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