This study analyses the development of the Dutch publishers and booksellers firm Blussé in connection with the history of the Blussé family between 1745 and 1830. The book offers new insight in the organization of the book trade, the theory and practice of copyright, competition and cooperation among publishers, book prices and print runs, including advertising and marketing. The history of the company is linked with that of the family, using letters and other autobiographical writings. Education, marriage policies, reading practices are among the subjects studied. Within the context of cultural developments, the influence of the Enlightenment, and the political upheavals in the period in the Netherlands, this book is both a detailed book history and a broadly based study of cultural change in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Arianne Baggerman teaches history at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds the Tiele chair in the history of the book at the University of Amsterdam. She published about several aspects of book history. She directed a research project on the development of autobiographical writing in the 18th and 19th centuries. She co-authored
Child of the Enlightenment: Revolutionary Europe Reflected in a Boyhood Diary (Brill 2009) and co-edited
Controlling Time and Shaping the Self (Brill 2011).
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
List of Abbrevations
From Clutter Beast to Ghost Writer. The Invisible Hand in a Family Archive
Destined for Each Other. Making the Acquaintance of Pieter Blussé
Moving Up in the World. The Firm of Abraham Blussé & Son, c. 1771
A Bookseller with ‘a Few Friends’. Social Network and Political Engagement
The Publishing Trade in the Last Quarter of the Eighteenth Century
From Reader to Publisher, the third Blussé Generation: Building a Family Empire
A Necrology of Knowledge, Culture and Folly: the Publisher’s List and the Invisible Hand in the Archive
Appendix I List of A. Blussé and Son
Appendix II Average number of printed copies per genre in the period 1797-1818
All those interested in book history, cultural history, family history, and the history of the Netherlands.