Book/Printed Material General Ledger, 1590--1599.

About this Item

Title

  • General Ledger, 1590--1599.

Summary

  • The Officina Plantiniana, also known as the Plantin Press or Plantijnse Drukkerij, was established in Antwerp in 1555 by Christopher Plantin (1520--89), the greatest typographer and printer-publisher of his day. The Officina grew to become the largest printing and publishing house in Europe and helped to make Antwerp, along with Venice and Paris, one of the most important centers of printing in the West. Shown here is a ledger that provides a summary of the daily journaux (account books) of the activities of the press in the years 1590--99, when Jan Moretus I (1543--1610) was its head. Moretus, Plantin's son-in-law, inherited and ran the press after Plantin's death. On the left side of each page is noted what every client owed to the press; on the right side is what each person supplied or paid. These account books offer a unique source for the study of the history of the book in Europe around 1600. The ledger is mainly in French, with parts in Latin and Dutch. The business archives of the Officina are an important source for the study of the book trade in Europe, economic and socioeconomic history, and intellectual developments at an especially turbulent time in the history of Europe and the West. The archives were inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2001.

Contributor Names

  • Plantijnse Drukkerij Creator.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1590 to 1599]

Subject Headings

  • -  Belgium--Flanders--Antwerp
  • -  1590 to 1599
  • -  Account books
  • -  Business records
  • -  Memory of the World
  • -  Moretus, Jan, 1543-1610
  • -  Plantijnse Drukkerij
  • -  Printing
  • -  Publishers and publishing

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Shelfmark: Arch. 21"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 365 folios ; paper, modern parchment binding : 342 x 245 millimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Museum Plantin-Moretus/Print Room.
  • -  Content in French and Latin and Dutch.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667932

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Plantijnse Drukkerij Creator. General Ledger, --1599. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1599, 1590] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667932/.

APA citation style:

Plantijnse Drukkerij Creator. (1590) General Ledger, --1599. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1599] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667932/.

MLA citation style:

Plantijnse Drukkerij Creator. General Ledger, --1599. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1599, 1590] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021667932/>.