Private libraries and private library inventories, 1665 – 1830:
locating, studying and understanding sources
17-18 January 2019

Soeterbeeck Convent, Ravenstein


Provisional conference programme

DAY 1: Thursday, 17 January 2019

9.00 – 10.00 Introduction

Welcome and introduction
Alicia C. Montoya (Radboud University, Nijmegen / MEDIATE-BIBLIO project)

Private Collections in the Soeterbeeck Convent Library 
Ad Poirters (Radboud University, Nijmegen) 

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee / tea

10.30 – 12.30 Session 1. What is a ‘private’ library inventory?

“Private Library Catalogue”: Getting to a Working Definition
Meghan Constantinou (Grolier Club, New York City)

Setting Household Catalogues for Living Libraries: Material Failures and Half-success in 17th and 18th century France
Yann Sordet (Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris)

Potentials of Researching Private Libraries: Kušević Family Library in Zagreb, Croatia 
Jasna Tingle (Croatian Academic and Research Network – CARNET)

The Card Catalogue of a Private Library in the 18th century
Raphaële Mouren (Warburg Institute, London)

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Session 2. Relations between ‘private’ and ‘public’ libraries

The Aristocratic Republic of Collectors: Private Library Inventories in Poland (1680-1830)
Michał Bajer (University of Szceczn)

‘A Blessing, Far and Near’: Private Libraries and the Social History of Enlightenment in Scotland
Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool)

When the Private Becomes Public: Collection Building in Eighteenth-Century Dublin 
Jason McElligott (Marsh Library, Dublin)

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee / tea

15.30 – 16.30 Session 3. Libraries and (religious) communities 

An Early Eighteenth-century Collegiant’s Library in Rijnsburg
Paul Hoftijzer (Leiden University)

Jewish-owned Libraries in Amsterdam (provisional)
Anna de Wilde (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

16.30 – 17.30 Session 4. The emergence of ‘bibliophile’ collections

Private libraries and the Material Evidence in Incunabala Database
Marieke van Delft (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague)

‘Antiquissima editio’: Antiquarian Interests in Libraries of the Dutch Golden Age
Arthur der Weduwen (University of St Andrews)

19.00 – 21.00 Conference dinner

DAY 2: Friday, 18 January 2019

9.00 – 11.00 Session 5. International models and national specificities

The Inventories of Swedish Private Libraries 
Alex Alsemgeest, Peter Sjökvist, Helena Backman (Uppsala University Library and Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague)

Do Sales Matter? Reputation and Contemporary Popularity in the Dutch and Danish Book Worlds
Andrew Pettegree (University of St Andrews)

The Documentation of the Private Libraries in the Hungarian Kingdom and the Transylvanian Principality between 1665 and 1830
István Monok (Library and Archives of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)

Mercury in the Republic of Letters: Private Libraries in Spanish booksellers’ Auction Catalogues 
Pedro Rueda (University of Barcelona)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee / tea

11.30 – 12.30 Session 6. Scholars’ libraries

Private Libraries and the Book Trade in Early Modern Academia
Pierre Delsaerdt (University of Antwerp and Catholic University of Leuven)

Philosophical libraries. Private Libraries of Philosophers in the Modern and contemporary Age 
Giovanna Granata (University of Cagliari)

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.30 Session 7. Using digital tools and databases to study book ownership

The Seventeenth-Century Libraries Project at CELL-UCL 
Robyn Adams and Jacqueline Glomski (University College London)

The Private Libraries of Renaissance England database 
Joseph Black (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Locating Women’s Writing in Early Modern Libraries: Findings from the RECIRC Project 
Marie Louise Coolahan (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Distant Reading of Early English Auction Catalogues: Visualisation and Network Analysis
Graeme Kemp (St Andrews University)

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee / tea

16.00 – 17.00 Closing round table

Presentation of BIBLIO database prototype and discussion

Image: Rijksmuseum