Le magasin de l'univers - The Dutch Republic as the Centre of the European Book Trade

Papers Presented at the International Colloquium, held at Wassenaar, 5-7 July 1990


During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the Dutch Republic performed a crucial function as the cultural and intellectual clearinghouse of Europe. It was partly through the existence of a well-established and highly competitive publishing industry and book trade that the Dutch were able to play such a prominent role in the international transmission of knowledge and ideas.
Yet our understanding of the Dutch involvement in the European book trade still is limited and important questions remain to be answered. How was Dutch publishing and bookselling for the international market organised? What was the nature of the books that were exchanged?
In order to stimulate research in this field an international colloquium was held in 1990 at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), under the title "'Le Magasin de l'Univers.' The Dutch Republic as the Centre of the European Book Trade". This volume brings together the twenty-two contributions presented at the conference by historians of the book from England, France, Switzerland, the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands.
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Review Quotes

"...these essays touch on one of the crucial characteristics of Enlightenment Europe: the dissemination an sharing of ideas through the exploitation of print on an international scale."
DJMcK, Times Literary Supplement, April 1992.

"...der reichhaltige Band bietet einen gediegenen Überblick über viele wichtige Aspekte..."
John L. Flood, Germanistik, 1993.

Table of contents

The Dutch republic and book history: Some desiderata, Frans A. Janssen
Un cabinet de livres européen en Hollande: La bibliothèque de Prosper Marchand, Christiane Berkvens-Stevelinck
Michel Rey’s enlightenment, Raymond Bim
Quelques acquisitions Hollandaises de la bibliothèque du Roi (1668-1735), Françoise Bléchet
Le rôle des périodiques Néerlandais por la diffusion du livre (1684-1747), Hans Bots
Le psautier Huguenot chez les imprimeurs Néerlandais : Concurrence ou spécialisation ?, Jean-Daniel Candaux
The trade in catholic books from the Northern to the Southern Netherlands, 1650-1795, Th. Clemens
Quand Amsterdam rime avec Lausanne: Impressions Lausannoises datées des Pays-Bas, S. Corsini
Music publishing in the Dutch republic : The present state of research, A. Dunning
Jan Luyken (1649-1712) and Casper Luyken (1672-1708): Dutch illustrators, I.H. van Eeghen
English books in the Netherlands in the eighteenth century: Reprints or piracies? John Feather
The Hebrew book trade in Amsterdam in the seventeenth century, R.G. Fuks-Mansfeld
The Leiden bookseller Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) and the international book trade, P.G. Hoftijzer
The Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs and the history of the Dutch trade in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, A.H. Laeven
Les ventes aux enchères des livres à la Haye dans la première moitié du 18e siècle, Otto S. Lankhorst
Relations ambiguës des librairies Rouennais et Hollandais à la fin du XVIIe et au début du XVIIIe siècle, Jean-Dominique Mellot
Die Niederlandische Buchererwerbungen in der fürstlichen Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel im 17. Und 18. Jahrhundert, Paul Raabe
Un commerce de librairie entre Neuchâtel et La Haye (1769-1779), M. Schlup
Johannes van Ravesteyn, “libraire européen” or local trader ?, B. van Selm
Dutch penetration of the London market for books, c. 1690-1730, Katherine Swift
Le rôle des librairies hollandaise dans la diffusion des livres interdits en France dans la première motié du XVIIe siècle, Françoise Weil
Magasin de l’univers ou magasin de la République ? Le commerce du livre néerlandais du livre aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, Roger Chartier


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