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From Shelf To Maps: Reconstructing Bookselling Networks In The Seventeenth Century Netherlands

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In European history, the seventeenth century often plays the role of the red-headed stepchild, neglected and thought to not properly belong to the family. The relatively static ratio of booksellers to book buyers also belies the changing spatial economy of the provinces. Population growth, fueled in no small part by immigration, characterized the Netherlands throughout its Golden Age. It is curious to note that Felix Lopez de Haro's advertisement mentioned that interested buyers could obtain his sale catalogue in other cities, from designated booksellers. From these, it would seem possible to reconstruct the internal networks of exchange and information forged by these booksellers. This chapter utilizes a database of over two hundred such advertisements, culled from the Oprechte Haarlemscher Courant in the period from 1660 to 1671 in order to approximate the flows of information in the seventeenth century Dutch book trade.

Keywords: bookselling networks; Felix Lopez de Haro; Netherlands; seventeenth century

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