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Friends Hold All Things in CommonTradition, Intellectual Property, and the Adages of Erasmus$
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Kathy Eden

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300087574

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300087574.001.0001

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Intellectual Property and the Adages

Intellectual Property and the Adages

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Friends Hold All Things in Common

Kathy Eden

Yale University Press

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

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