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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.

Reference:

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

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