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The Elzevir family were booksellers and publishers in the " title="Netherlands">Netherlands in the " title="17th century">seventeenth century. As publishers of new work by Descartes, " title="Galileo Galilei">Galileo, and " title="Hugo Grotius">Grotius, they were part of the reason for " title="Bertrand Russell">Bertrand Russell's comment that it "is impossible to exaggerate the importance of Holland in the seventeenth century, as the one country where there was freedom of speculation."

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