New Collections in the Library of the Written Word

| POSTED BY Graeme Kemp |

Over the coming months the Library of the Written Word will publish a series of important new collections, that together showcase dynamic developments in the expanding discipline of book history.  In April we publish News Networks in Early Modern Europe, the fruits of a five year project directed by Joad Raymond and sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust.  The project sponsored a series of workshops in various major European news centres, culminating in a major international conference in London.  The volume, consisting of thirty-five contributions, will also, thanks to the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust, be available on Open Access.

News Networks will be launch at our annual book conference in St Andrews, along with two further collective volumes: International Exchange and Lost Books.  Both are enhanced versions of the proceedings of two earlier St Andrews conferences.  The USTC has been committed from the outset to recording where possible books known to have existed but not presently traceable in one or more surviving copies. The implications of this mass of undiscovered books were probed in a fascinating series of papers, exploring all aspect of the question, from mathematical models for calculating rates of loss to the reconstruction of dispersed libraries.  International Exchange begins a dialogue on the international book market that will be continued in Buying and Selling, the proceedings of our 2015 conference, due for publication towards the end of 2016.  A further volume of essays, Subversive Texts, also due for publication this coming year, will focus on the clandestine book markets linking English recusants with Poland.

This sequence of publications will conclude with a specially commissioned volume on Broadsheets, due for publication in the first months of 2017.  All told, these six volumes will comprise over 150 articles contributed by scholars based in more than fifteen countries: some published here in English for the first time, others scholars new to the discipline.  Collectively they make a fundamental contribution to shaping and advancing debates of real importance to the future of book history as a discipline.