mercurioThe archives of  the University of Seville, one of the oldest ones in Spain, are full of treasures. Some of them are magnificent old books, even incunabula. Some others are smaller pearls, like newssheets.

Some of these precious old newssheets and gazettes have been gathered, ordederd and offered to the world due to the efforts of professor Carmen Espejo and her team. As a fruit of years of work, a book and a website have been launched. The books is entitled Relaciones de sucesos en la BUS, antes de que existiera la prensa [Newssheets at the University Library of Seville, before press existed…]. The website shows some of these pieces, as a virtual exhibition.

The book explains the importance of Seville during the 17th and 18th centuries as one of the main publishing centers of the Spanish empire, and underlines the importance of some ancient editors and, let us be anachronical, journalist like Francisco de Lyra, Rodrigo de Cabrera, Juan Serrano de Vargas and Juan Gómez de Blas.


Relaciones de sucesos en la BUS, antes de que existiera la prensa . Sevilla: Biblioteca Universidad de Sevilla, 2008.

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diaz_noci_82My name is Javier Díaz Noci, born in Vitoria (Basque Country, Spain) in 1964. My job is teaching at the University, currently at the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. I have taught as well in the University of the Basque Country, and I have been visiting scholar at Oxford University and Federal University of Bahia (Brazil).

Doctor in History and Journalism Professor, one of my research lines is the history of journalism. I have concentrated my efforts in the beginning of journalism in Spain, especially the 16th century. I think we could define this as “anceint journalism”, as musicians do referring to all musical manifestations before the 19th century.

In this blog, I will try to gather all the news and contributions of the scholarly community on this subject.

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