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Dedikace a mecenát v českojazyčné knize druhé poloviny 16. století (1547-1600)

Title in English Dedications and patronage in the Czech-language book from the second half of the 16th century (1547-1600)


Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Studia Bibliographica Posoniensia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords dedication; paratexts; Czech-language book; 1547-1600; dedicatee; patron; patronage
Description The paper is based on an analysis of 393 available texts of dedications in Czech-language publications written in the period between 1547-1600. We pinpoint the customs and habits associated with making dedications. Primarily, this was a personal contact between the dedicator and the dedicatee. The dedicator usually chose a high-ranking personality or a related personality towards whom he conveyed the contents of the book and thereby symbolically made him a protector of the published work. We have shown an important link between the literary patronage and the intellectual patronage and for whom the Czech-language book was intended. From the allusions and references made, it can be deduced that a substantial part of the Czech reading public was determined by their inability to read in a language other than their mother tongue. The efforts of some intellectuals, who were inclined to educate these readers, though ran up against the little interest of the intellectual elites themselves to engage in such activities. Our research also shows that it is not possible to work with the earlier perception of a person to whom the work was dedicated and automatically proclaim them a patron or bibliophile.
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