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GARCIA, Idalia. Printers in New Spain: behind the scenes of printing and typesetting. Investig. bibl [online]. 2015, vol.29, n.66, pp.105-137. ISSN 2448-8321.

The history of the typographic printing press in the New Spain is a well-known topic that has been thoroughly examined. It is remarkable, however, that printers did not leave behind many first-hand reports of their professional practice. This study examines current knowledge of New Spain printing and typesetting practices, which is responsible for three-hundred years of bibliographic production. The study, moreover, takes a critical look at those accepted "certainties" regarding printing and typesetting, which in fact have little bibliographical or documentary support, for example, the wide-spread assumptions regarding guild practices. The study proposes a historical interpretation of the cultural practices of men and women.

Keywords : Typographic print in New Spain; Journeymen-Printers in New Spain; Cultural Written in New Spain.

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