Book trade correspondence project
The project has a double aim:
- It wants to help find answers to particular book historical research questions. An example of such a question could be to what extent the Dutch nineteenth-century book trade in general, and the Dutch scholarly book trade in partcular, might or might not have been as inward-looking as is usually assumed. Of particular interest here will be the causes and nature of the decline of the international significance of the Dutch international book trade in the period of the second half of the eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth centuries, and of its slow renaissance from the second half of the nineteenth century.
- It wants to create a searchable database of digitised correspondence regarding the Dutch scholarly book trade. Besides helping to answer particular predefined book historical research questions, it is expected that this digital resource will be invaluable for a variety of additional book historical research.
Furthermore, and not coincidentally, the digitisation project will provide the real-world material and environment for teaching the digital stream in the curriculum of the MA Book and Byte, as well as examine critically the potential of a repository of digital book trade correspondence for research purposes. This involves analysing various aspects of the digital medium as they become apparent in the creation of the repository as a research resource, such as, crucially, the transparency of the user interface.
- The Book Trade Correspondence Project's trial site: K. Fuhri
- Guidelines for transcribing publisher's correspondence
- The student project in the MA Book and Digital Media Studies
- Some experiments involving publisher's correspondence
- Sample transcribed and annotated letter, from De Erven F. Bohn (Haarlem) to Mr Gauthier-Villar (Paris), 8 August 1922:
- the digital surrogate
- the xml source
- in html
A.H. van der Weel; Tel. 071-5272141; E-mail
2 November, 2009