PUBLICATIONS

Below you can find a list of my publications, including a few forthcoming titles. Some of these are fully open-access, and you can access the text by clicking on the link in the description.

 

newspapers

Dutch and Flemish Newspapers of the Seventeenth Century, 1618-1700 (2 vols., Leiden: Brill, 2017). 

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"The first complete survey of newspaper publishing in the seventeenth-century Low Countries, composed of two volumes. This survey provides detailed introductions and bibliographical descriptions of 49 newspapers, surviving in over 16,000 issues in 84 archives and libraries. This work presents a crucial overview of the first fledgling century of newspaper publishing and reading in one of the most advanced political cultures of early modern Europe. 

"Seventy years after Folke Dahl’s Dutch Corantos first documented early Dutch newspapers, Der Weduwen offers a brand-new approach to the bibliography of the early modern periodical press. This includes, amongst others, a description of places of correspondence listed in each surviving newspaper. The bibliography is accompanied by an extensive introduction of the Dutch and Flemish press in the seventeenth century. What emerges is a picture of a highly competitive and dynamic market for news, in which innovative publishers constantly adapt to the changing tastes of customers and pressures from authorities at home and abroad."

Available from Brill here

Reviews:

David McKitterick, Library & Information History 35 (2018): “The bibliography of newspapers, long the poor relation, is taking a while to find its feet. These two vast volumes mark a great step forward. They offer on the one hand an account of the newspaper trade in the Dutch Republic and in the Hapsburg Southern Netherlands, and on the other a detailed bibliography of these publications down to 1700. […] [The] long introduction, a book in itself, will be essential reading for people whose interests lie far beyond newspapers or the Low Countries.” Read the full review here.

Joad Raymond, Renaissance Quarterly 71 (2018): “an astonishing achievement” […] “an invaluable reference work for anyone working on the history of newspapers in seventeenth-century Europe, or on the book trade in the early modern Netherlands.” […] “These two volumes are immensely welcome, both as an intervention in scholarship on news in early modern Europe, and as a contribution to bibliography that will be invaluable for decades to come.” Read the full review here.

Annemieke RomeinBMGN - Low Countries Historical Review 132 (2017): “This excellent work is an exposé of perseverance, dedication and precision. […] Dutch and Flemish Newspapers of the Seventeenth Century is essential for anyone studying news and newspapers, whether in chronological perspective, or diachronically. It could also be an aid for urban historians as it provides wonderful insights into the information about the networks people had access to during the Golden Age.” Read the full review here.

Jaap HarskampThe Library 19 (2018), pp. 87-89: "In paying tribute to this painstaking effort, I can only think of one Dutch word for which there is no English equivalent: monnikenwerk." Read the full review here.

Rindert JagersmaMededelingen van de Stichting Jacob Campo Weyerman 40 (2017), pp. 191-194: "“In onderzoeksinstellingen […] mag dit boek, dat tot de standaardwerken over de Nederlandse krant in de zeventiende eeuw mag worden gerekend, absoluut niet ontbreken.” 
(This book, which may be considered one of the standard works about the Dutch newspaper in the seventeenth century, should be available in every research institute).


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The bookshop of the world

Published in February 2019. Order here.

The Bookshop of the World. Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age (London/New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019), co-written with Andrew Pettegree.

In the seventeenth century, the Dutch took fame by storm: a new country, a new way of governing, a new culture. The untold part of this story is the Dutch conquest of the European book world. This was the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, and Dutch art has always held centre stage; but the Dutch published many more books than pictures, and bought and owned more books per capita than any other part of Europe. Key innovations in marketing, book auctions and newspaper advertising, brought stability to a market where elsewhere in Europe publishers faced bankruptcy: the Dutch made money from books, and created a population uniquely well-informed and politically engaged. This pious, prosperous, quarrelsome and generous people were to a large extent shaped by their books. The story of how this book world came to be is the unacknowledged marvel of the Dutch Golden Age.

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The Bookshop of the World is also to be published in Dutch by Atlas Contact (likewise responsible for the Dutch edition of Andrew Pettegree's Brand Luther).

The translation was undertaken by the journalist and translator Frits van der Waa, who performed a phenomenal job.

The launch tour for the Dutch edition of The Bookshop will take place in various locations in the Netherlands at the end of March 2019. We will present the book and their research on the following days:

Monday 18: Publisher’s launch at Spui 25, Amsterdam, 20:00-21:00

Tuesday 19 March: Golden Age Seminar, University of Amsterdam, 15:30-17:00

Friday 22: University library of Groningen, 13:00-16:30

Saturday 23: Tresoar, Leeuwarden, 14:00-16:00

Monday 25: de Bibliotheek, Deventer, 19:30-21:00

Tuesday 26: University of Utrecht, 17:30-18:30

Wednesday 27: University of Leiden, 17:00-19:00

Thursday 28: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, 13:00-17:00


Journal articles and chapters in edited volumes

on Newspapers

'Towards a complete bibliography of seventeenth-century Dutch newspapers: Delpher and its applications’, Tijdschrift voor Tijdschriftstudies 38 (2015), pp. 21-27. Open access here.

‘Utrecht’s First Newspaper Re-discovered: Adriaen Leenaertsz and the Nieuwe Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt ende Nederlant (1623)’, Quaerendo 46, No. 1 (2016), pp. 1-19. Subscribed access here.

‘The Battle of the Downs: reporting victory and defeat in the early periodical press’, Media History 24, No. 1 (2018), pp. 1-25. Subscribed access here.

‘A Brussels competitor to Abraham Verhoeven? The discovery of the serial Nouvelles Neutrelles (1621)’, De Gulden Passer 95, No. 1 (2017), pp. 37-60. Journal website here.

‘Competition, choice and diversity in the newspaper trade of the Golden Age’, The Early Modern Low Countries 2, No. 1 (2018), pp. 7-23. Open access here.

on newspaper Advertising

‘Publicity and its Uses. Lost Books as Revealed in Newspaper Advertisements in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic’, co-written with Andrew Pettegree, in Flavia Bruni and Andrew Pettegree (eds.), Lost Books. Reconstructing the Print World of Pre-Industrial Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 202-222. Open access here.

‘From piety to profit: the development of newspaper advertising in the Dutch Golden Age’, in Siv Gøril Brandtzaeg, Paul Goring and Christine Watson (eds.), Travelling Chronicles: Episodes in the History of News and Newspapers from the Early Modern Period to the Eighteenth Century (Leiden: Brill, 2018), pp. 233-253. Open access here.

‘News, Neighbours, and Commerce: Newspaper Advertising in the Information Culture of the Dutch Republic’, co-written with Andrew Pettegree, The Early Modern Low Countries 2, No. 1 (2018), pp. 103-118. Open access here.

‘Booksellers, newspaper advertisements and a national market for print in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic’, in Shanti Graheli (ed.), Buying and Selling. The Business of Books in Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2019), pp. 420-447. Subscribed access here.

on POlitical culture and communication

‘“Everyone has hereby been warned.” The Structure and Typography of Broadsheet Ordinances and the Communication of Governance in the Early Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic’, in Andrew Pettegree (ed.), Broadsheets: Single-Sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 240-267. Subscribed access here.

 

on Dutch book culture and 'lost books'

‘What was published in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic?’, co-written with Andrew Pettegree, Livre. Revue Historique (2018), pp. 1-22. Open access here.

‘The library as a weapon of state. The pamphlet collection of Gaspar Fagel in Trinity College, Dublin’, co-written with Andrew Pettegree, in Elizabethann Boran (ed.), Book Collecting in Britain and Ireland, 1650-1850 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018), pp. 223-235. Order here.

professional translation

Two chapters, from Dutch to English, for Joop Koopmans, Early Modern Media and the News in Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2018).