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

9.15 – 10.00 Introduction

Welcome and Introduction: The MEDIATE project
Alicia C. Montoya (Radboud University / MEDIATE-BIBLIO project)

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

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee / tea

10.30 – 12.00 Session 1. What is a ‘private’ library inventory?
Chair: Johan Oosterman

“Private Library Catalogue”: Challenges in Getting to a Working Definition
Meghan Constantinou (Grolier Club)

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)

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.15 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)

14.15 – 14.45 Coffee / tea

14.45 – 16.00 Session 3. Scholars’ libraries

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

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

Scholars’ Libraries as a Community Facility
Laurence Brockliss (University of Oxford)

16.00 – 17.15 Session 4. Library catalogues and the (international) book trade
Do sales matter? Reputation and Contemporary Popularity in the Dutch and Danish Book Worlds
Andrew Pettegree (University of St Andrews)

Mercury in the Republic of Letters: private Libraries in Spanish Booksellers’ Auction Catalogues
Pedro Rueda and Lluís Agustí (University of Barcelona)

Private libraries and the Book Trade in the Venetian ghetto
Evelien Chayes (Radboud University)

19.00 – 21.00 Conference dinner

DAY 2: Friday, 18 January 2019

 9.00 – 10.30 Session 5. Using digital tools and databases to study book ownership I
Chair: Shari Boodts

Reconstructing the Network of Donors to the Bodleian Library, 1600-1605
Robyn Adams (University College London)

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

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

Private libraries and the Material Evidence in Incunabala database
Marieke van Delft (Koninklijke Bibliotheek – Royal Library, The Hague)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee / tea

11.00 – 12.00 Session 6. Using digital tools and databases to study book ownership II

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

Presentation of the BIBLIO Database Prototype and Discussion
Juliette Reboul and Micha Hulsbosch (Radboud University)

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.15 Session 7. Libraries and (religious) communities
Chair: Rindert Jagersma

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

Jewish and Hebrew Private Library Catalogues in the Dutch Republic
Anna De Wilde (Radboud University)

Of Making Many Books There is No End: The Private Catalogue of David Oppenheim and Jewish Book Culture in Early Modern Europe
Joshua Teplitsky (SUNY – Stony Brook)

14.15 – 15.45 Session 8. International models and national specificities
Chair: Ann-Marie Hansen
‘Thus they consented and signed before me’. Tracing Books in the Historical Collection of the Notaries Archive from Mexico City
Andrea Reyes Elizondo (Leiden University)

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

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

Private Libraries in Parma
Federica Dallasta (Università degli Studi di Parma)

15.45 – 16.15 Coffee / tea

16.15 – 17.30 Session 9. The afterlives of books and catalogues 
Chair: Helwi Blom

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

The Afterlife of a Catalogue: Russian Perspectives on Voltaire’s Library
Lena Zlock (Stanford University)

Catalogues as Memory in Eighteenth-century Germany: Beyond the Books
Philippe Schmid (University of St Andrews)

17.30 – 17.45 Concluding remarks




Image: Rijksmuseum