French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe, 1769-1794

Mark Curran, Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, shared some exciting news about a database which reconstructs, using GIS, the passage of more than 400 000 copies of 4 000 books throughout Europe in the 18th century. The data are drawn from the archives of the STN (Société Typographique de Neuchâtel), one of the only publishers from the period whose archives exist and which are relatively complete. Robert Darnton has written several books based on his eleven years of research in the STN’s archives (see the Business of Enlightenment as an example), and some of the letters from the STN’s archives are included in the Electronic Enlightenment database.

Links:

Project website

Project blog

The business of Enlightenment (Google Books)

Electronic enlightenment

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