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how much the stationer should receive for every sheet which he lends the scholars to write from or to correct their books. And moreover he ought to demand good bond from him that he will preserve well and faithfully all books which are entrusted to him to sell, and not use any deceit whatsoever."

Tienda, which I have here rendered booth, is still the word in use for those inferior shops where every thing is sold. The word explains its own history. — Every army had traders who followed it to sell provisions and buy plunder, and their shops were tents. The corresponding word to estaciones would be standings, which is still in use at Bristol fair. These are, strictly speaking, booths. But when the Partidas were written, tienda meant a booth, and estacion a shop; for trade was advancing, and its improvement had given a new meaning to old terms.

Hence the word stationer, a name which would have been equally applicable to any other settled trade.