CfP Private libraries and private library inventories, 1665 – 1830

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Deadline: Sunday 1 April 2018.
Location: Nijmegen
Related institutions: Radboud University Nijmegen
Book historians have long acknowledged the importance of private book lists and library inventories as a source to study book ownership and print culture before the advent of public libraries and mechanized book production in the nineteenth century. Private libraries often fulfilled essential functions within reading communities, through family and professional networks, and through other networks of informal, interpersonal book lending. In some cases, private libraries laid the foundations for later, public institutions providing access to books. As part of the ERC-funded MEDIATE project (Middlebrow Enlightenment: Disseminating Ideas, Authors, and Texts in Europe, 1665 – 1830, www.mediate18.nl ), an international team of book historians is currently putting together an Open Access database, BIBLIO (Bibliography of Individually-owned Book and Library Inventories Online, 1665 – 1830) that will provide basic bibliographic records for all extant Dutch, French and British private library (sales) catalogues in this period, including catalogues preserved in libraries in other parts of the world. Please send your 300-word proposal, together with a short bio-bibliographical statement listing your current affiliation by April 1st, 2018, to both conference organizers: Alicia Montoya, a.montoya@let.ru.nl and Rindert Jagersma, r.jagersma@let.ru.nl.
Related keywords: ancient libraries