Enfilade

French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe, 1769-1794

Posted in resources by Editor on September 22, 2010

From Mark Curran at the University of Leeds:

As we are now less than a year away from the public release of our database, we would like to draw your attention to the existence of the AHRC-funded French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe, 1769-1794 project. Our team would be especially grateful if you could take the time to look at our project website and post feedback on our blog at c18booktrade.wordpress.com.

Our project uses the archives of the Société typographique de Neuchâtel (STN) to trace the passage of over 400,000 copies of around 4,000 books across eighteenth-century Europe, from London to Lisbon, Moscow to Rome. It reconstructs, where possible, the STN’s entire trade with its vast network of clients. We hope that it will be a major research and teaching tool of interest to all eighteenth-century and book-history scholars, especially those interested in the dissemination of works and ideas, the comparative history of the book and cross-cultural transfer.

Moreover, we have extensive plans to expand our platform to a broader c18 book history resource that would be extensively collaborative. Between now and the public release of the database in the summer of 2011, we are especially keen to forge links with specialists in the field with competences in online c18 databases (especially those looking to develop c18 book history platforms) and GIS in the historical context, as well as scholars working on the late-eighteenth century book trade, and particularly the Société typographique de Neuchâtel or their many clients. Because of the scale and richness of this project, we are keen to assist research already in progress, and have already been able to give extensive assistance to other scholars. So if you are interested in any of aspect of our project or plans, please get in touch,

Thanks in advance,
Mark Curran, m.d.curran@leeds.ac.uk
Research Fellow, University of Leeds

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