Political Interest and the Book Trade

  • Craig E. Harline
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 116)


The Growth of the book trade and the ways that new titles were brought to press and sold provide further evidence of the interest in politics and pamphlets among the Dutch. The number of booksellers and printers increased perhaps eightfold between 1565 and 1648. Their efforts, organization, and networks of communication served both to satisfy and to stimulate a demand for pamphlets. Some authors also played a role in the business of selling, but it was particularly the professional book dealers who provided the materials and expertise that made extensive distribution of pamphlets possible. In short, pamphlets had an economic life as well as a political one. People did not decorate and publish books and pamphlets for mere pleasure or for curious historians and bibliographers—no matter how committed to the art of printing or to some ideological cause, a book printer was above all else a book seller.


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