Dutch and Flemish Newspapers awarded prestigious book history prize

After the ceremony, with a 1685 pamphlet presented to me by the chair of the jury, professor Paul Hoftijzer

After the ceremony, with a 1685 pamphlet presented to me by the chair of the jury, professor Paul Hoftijzer

On Thursday 21 March my first book, Dutch and Flemish Newspapers of the Seventeenth Century, was awarded the sixth Menno Hertzberger Aanmoedigingsprijs. This prize, presented by the Menno Hertzbergerstichting and the Dutch Association of Antiquarians, is awarded every three or four years to a young scholar who has made an important contribution to Dutch book history.

The jury commented that ‘Dutch and Flemish Newspapers, with its two volumes and more than 1,500 pages, is an amazing achievement, one that many researchers would have been proud to produce at the end of their working life; Arthur has done so at the start of his career. Thanks to his Herculean efforts, research into early modenr newspapers has come alive again, and thanks to which new questions can be asked concerning the context, nature and dissemination of the periodical press in the Netherlands.’

Read more about the prize ceremony.

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on display at the ceremony

The Royal Library copies of Dutch and Flemish Newspapers, and of the more recent Bookshop of the World.

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Arthur der Weduwen