The Untold Story Of How The Dutch Conquered The European Book Market And Became The World S Greatest Bibliophiles The Dutch Golden Age Has Long Been Seen As The Age Of Rembrandt And Vermeer, Whose Paintings Captured The Public Imagination And Came To Represent The Marvel That Was The Dutch Republic Yet There Is Another, Largely Overlooked Marvel In The Dutch World Of The Seventeenth Century Books In This Fascinating Account, Andrew Pettegree And Arthur Der Weduwen Show How The Dutch Produced Many Books Than Pictures And Bought And Owned 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 Publishers Faced Bankruptcy, And Created A Population Uniquely Well Informed And Politically Engaged This Book Tells For The First Time The Remarkable Story Of The Dutch Conquest Of The European Book World And Shows The True Extent To Which These Pious, Prosperous, Quarrelsome, And Generous People Were Shaped By What They Read
I began my career working on aspects of the European Reformation My first book was a study of religious refugee communities in the sixteenth century, and since then I have published on the Dutch Revolt, and on the Reformation in Germany, France and England, as well as a general survey history of the sixteenth century In the last years the focus of my research has shifted towards an interest in the history of communication, and especially the history of the book I run a research group that in 2011 completed a survey of all books published before1601 the Universal Short Title Catalogue This work continues with work to incorporate new discoveries and continue the survey into the seventeenth century In 2010 I published an award winning study of The Book in the Renaissance, and in 2014 The Invention of News a study of the birth of a commercial culture of news publication in the four centuries between 1400 and 1800 I return to the Reformation for a study of Luther s media strategy, published in 2015 by Penguin as Brand Luther, 1517, Printing and the Making of the Reformation I am now engaged in a study of the book world of the seventeenth century Dutch Republic, to be published in 2019 as Trading Books in the Age of Rembrandt.I am the lead editor of two monograph series the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, and The Library of the Written Word In 2012 2015 I served a three year term as Vice President of the Royal Historical Society.I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students working on any aspect of the Reformation or Book History.
- 496 pages
- The Bookshop of the World: Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age
- Andrew Pettegree
- 14 November 2019 Andrew Pettegree