chapter  15
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Publishing in Spain and Portugal

WithFernando Guedes

Today, the two countries of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal and Spain, have a tradition of book production of more than 500 years. Gutenberg’s invention was introduced in Spain in 1474 and in Portugal in 1487. At any rate, those are the dates of the oldest known printed books in the two countries. In Spain they were some “Lauds to the Virgin,” still preserved in the University Library of the town where they were printed, Valencia. In Portugal the earliest known printed work was an edition of the Pentateuch, produced in the workshop of a Jewish printer in what is nowadays the best known tourist region of Portugal, Algarve.