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Until well into the 18th century, in the book trade an honorarium (from Latin honorarium, “gift of honor”) –  in the sense of a sum of money paid in cash to an author for his intellectual work – was paid by publishers only in exceptional cases. In Germany a few authors received a Bogenhonorar based on the number of pages in a book. More often, however, the honorarium was a “gift,” a testimonial, which until the period of the Enlightenment (18th century) had solely commendatory character. Authors (as well as musicians, painters, etc.) usually received or expected it from wealthy pat…

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Schneider, Ute, “Honorarium”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021107>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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