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USTC PhD scholarship available

Posted October 23, 2017

The USTC group is offering a PhD scholarship for a suitably qualified candidate who wishes to conduct advanced work on the dissemination of books printed in Britain and Ireland on the European book market. In the first age of print, the British Isles played a largely peripheral role in the European book world. The volume of works published in England was small, and in Scotland, Wales and Ireland smaller still. British readers sourced most serious works of scholarship from Continental markets. In the seventeenth century this began to change. London, in particular, began to play a more significant role in the international Latin trade. This dissertation will make use of book trade catalogue data, along with archival sources, to determine which British authors and works published in Britain found the greatest international resonance.continue reading

Arthur der Weduwen wins James D. Forbes Collecting Prize

Posted August 31, 2017

Arthur der Weduwen has been awarded the James D. Forbes Prize of the University of St Andrews. The prize is awarded to a student collector who has assembled a collection of books, printed ephemera, manuscripts or photographs, tied together by a common theme. This is one of eight such collecting prizes now offered in British universities. Arthur was awarded the prize for his developing collection of the everyday books of the Dutch Golden Age. Here he describes his collection, in conversation with Project Director Andrew Pettegree. Arthur der Weduwen began collecting when he came to St Andrews to begin his M. Litt. in book history...continue reading

The Polish Ambassador at The Printed Book in Central Europe Conference

Posted August 03, 2017

The St Andrews Book Project in the School of History, along with the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota, hosted its annual conference this year from 29 June to 1 July. The conference theme was on ‘The Printed Book in Central Europe’. Scholars from across Europe and America spoke on the rise of the printing press predominantly in lands east of the Holy Roman Empire. The Polish Embassy in London sponsored Polish scholars to attend the conference and the Polish Ambassador, His Excellency Arkady Rzegocki, attended the conference accompanied by his wife, Dr Jolanta Rzegocka.continue reading

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