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Professor James Raven MA (Cantab) MA (Oxon) PhD LittD (Cantab) FSA FLS FRHistS

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James Raven is Professor of Modern History, a member of the Centre for Human Rights and Director of the Centre for Bibliographical History. He is also a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and was formerly Reader in Social and Cultural History at the University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford; Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, and Munby Fellow and Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Fellow of the Linnean Society, and a member of the American Antiquarian Society, he has also held various visiting appointments in the United States, France, Italy and Britain. His publications in social and cultural history and cultural studies were recognized with the award of LittD from the University of Cambridge in 2012.

For many years James Raven worked at senior level for several international and national educational charities, with particular interest in educational access and widening participation, including the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth of which he is Deputy Chairman (and Governor 2000-6 and 2011-). He serves as Chair of the Lindemann Trust for UK postdoctoral awards for scientific study in the US; and President of the Colchester and North-East Essex ESU branch since 1990). He is a Trustee of the Marks Hall Estate, Essex, Director of the Marks Hall Interpretation Centre and Museum, Director of the Cambridge Project for the Book Trust (research and publications on and Director of the Mapping the Print Culture of Eighteenth-Century London project. He is a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, and an occasional contributor to radio and television programmes.

James Raven gave the 2008 Karmiole Lecture in Los Angeles and in 2010 gave the 25th annual Panizzi lectures at the British Library, London, (named in honour of the great nineteenth-century architect of the British Museum) on London Booksites: Places of Printing and Publication before 1800’ with lectures on ‘Antient Shops and Conversible Men’, ‘Versatility and the Gloomy Stores of Literature’, and ‘Industry, Fashion, and Pettifogging Drivellers’. View the slides and listen to the podcasts on the British Library website. His address to launch the 'Electronic Enlightenment Project' at Oxford is available online.. In September 2016 he gave the J. R. de R. Jackson Lecture, University of Toronto.

Research interests

The author of numerous books and articles his most recent books are Bookscape: Geographies of Printing and Publishing in London before 1800 [the Panizzi Lectures 2010] (Chicago and London, 2014); Publishing Business in Eighteenth-Century England (Boydell, 2014); and Lost Mansions: Essays on the Destruction of the Country House (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). A recent review of these 2014 books is to be found in the TLS 5 Dec. 2014. Earlier publications examine social, economic and communications history, historical mapping, approaches to media and literary history, the spatial organisation of knowledge, historical bibliography, and colonial cultural history. He has also published on specific aspects of urban, business and popular and intellectual history. As part of a major long-term project re-examining the spatial history of Enlightenment global networks, he is completing a book on reading and commercialisation, is currently completing research for an OUP history of chancing, gambling and state lotteries; and is launching a major European network project on the historical geographies of communications and social media (building on an earlier European Science Foundation workshop, 'Knowing About Mediation', involving participants from 14 EU countries)

Supervision interests

  • Historical, Communications and Cultural Studies after 1500;
  • he is particularly interested in supervising those interested in the history of representations, emotion, humour and cross-cultural relations;
  • hospitality and immigrant and foreign language communities;
  • translation and language learning;
  • the cultural history of loss and the relationship between any of the following: material culture, spatial aspects of memory, communications networks, the past in relation to social media and the language of space.   

Teaching responsibilities

Undergraduate modules

HR111 First Year Option: Society Politics and Culture in Europe 1500-1800
HR378 Half-Option Imagining London 1660-1820
HR383 Half-Option: The Business of Culture in Britain
HR387 Half-Option: Literature and the Condition of England 1700-1950
HR638 Special Subject: The Novel and the Condition of England

Postgraduate modules

HR913 History and Social Theory
HR924 Approaches to Social and Cultural History
HR942 Print and the Construction of Knowledge since the Fifteenth Century



  • (ed.) Lost Mansions: Essays on the Destruction of the Country House (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
  • Publishing Business in Eighteenth-Century England (Boydell, 2014)
  • Bookscape: Geographies of Printing and Publishing in London before 1800 [the Panizzi Lectures 2010] (Chicago and The British Library, 2014)

[a recent review of these 2014 books is to be found in the TLS 5 Dec. 2014]

  • (ed.), Books between Europe and the Americas: Transatlantic Literary Communities 1620-1860 [with Leslie Howsam] (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
  • The Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade 1450-1850 (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007) – awarded the De Long prize for 2008
  • (ed.) Lost Libraries: The Destruction of Book Collections since Antiquity (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)
  • London Booksellers and American Customers: Transatlantic Literary Community and the Charleston Library Society, 1748-1811 (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2002)
  • The English Novel 1770-1829 2 vols.(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), with Peter Garside and Rainer Schöwerling
  • (ed.) Free Print and Non-Commercial Publishing since 1700 (London and Vermont: Ashgate Press, 2000)
  • The Practice and Representation of Reading in England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), with Helen Small and Naomi Tadmor (eds.)
  • Judging New Wealth: Popular Publishing and Responses to Commerce in England, 1750-1800 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992)

In Progress

  • What is the History of the Book? (Polity Press)
  • The Oxford Illustrated History of the Book (Oxford University Press, under contract for completion and publication 2016)
  • Lottery Lives: Gambling and the British State (Oxford University Press, under contract for 2016)

ARTICLES/Chapters in books

  • ‘Debating the lottery in Britain c. 1750-1830’ in Manfred Zollinger (ed.), Random Riches: Gambling Past and Present (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016): 87-104
  • 'Non-Metropolitan printing and business in Britain and Ireland between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries; in James Connolly (ed.), Beyond the Metropolis (Toronto University Press, 2015): 29-53
  • ‘”Print Culture” and the perils of practice’ in Jason McElligott and Eve Patten (eds.), The Perils of Print Culture: Book, Print and Publishing History in Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) : 218-37
  • ‘From Worcester to Longmans: Devising the history of the book’ in Miles Taylor (ed.), The Age of Asa: Lord Briggs, Public Life and History in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015): 267-87
  • ‘The Industrial Age’ in Leslie Howsam (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book (Cambridge University Press, 2014): 143-61 
  • ‘Printing and Printedness’ in Hamish Scott (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern History, 2 vols. (Oxford University Press, 2015): 1, 214-43;  also available on-line at
  • ‘Why Ephemera was not Ephemeral: The Effectiveness of Innovative Print’, MHRA Yearbook 45 (2015): 56-73.
  •  'Production’ in Peter Garside and Karen O’Brien (eds.), The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 2 English and British Fiction 1750-1820 (Oxford University Press, 2014): 3-28
  • 'Country houses and the beginnings of bibliomania' in Matthew Dimmock, Andrew Hadfield and Margaret Healey (eds.), The Intellectual Culture of the British Country House (Manchester University Press, 2015): 163-77.
  • ‘Distribution: The Transmission of Books in Europe and its Colonies: Contours, Cautions, and Global Comparisons’ in Peter Burke and Joe McDermott (eds.), Distant Relations, The Book Worlds of East Asia and Europe (Hong Kong University Press, 2015): 147-79
  • ‘Choses banales, imprimés ordinaires: ‘travaux de ville’, l'économie et le monde de l'imprimerie que nous avons perdus’, Histoire et civilisation du livre: revue internationale 9 (2013 [2014]): 243-58
  • ‘Bibliomania and the private library’ in a special issue (ed. Rebecca Bowd) of Library and Information History 29: 3 (Aug. 2013).
  • ‘Booksellers in court: Approaches to the legal history of copyright in England before 1842’, Law Library Journal 104: 1 (Winter 2012): 115-34
  • 'The Immortal Memory: Managing Timber: How Pepys Measured Up', Magdalene College Magazine  55 (2011-11): 70-77
  • 'Letters, correspondents and correspondence’, Electronic Enlightenment on-line, Voltaire Foundation, 2011.
  • ‘Liberality and librolarceny: Archbishops and their public libraries in the seventeenth century’,  Lambeth Palace Library Annuel Review 2010 (London, 2011): 58-76
  • ‘The book as a commodity’ in Michael F. Suarez and Michael L. Turner (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: Volume. V (Cambridge University Press, 2009): 85-117 
  • ‘London and the central sites of the English book trade’ in Michael F. Suarez and Michael L. Turner (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: Volume. V (Cambridge University Press, 2009): 293-308
  • 'London and the development of the English book trade c. 1690-1820’ in Kazuhiko Kondo and TakeshiIto, eds., Bessatsu Toshishi Kenkyu (Tokyo, 2007): 204-23
  • ‘The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: dictionary or encyclopaedia?’ Historical Journal 50 (2007): 991-1006
  • ‘The material contours of the English novel, 1750-1830’, in Barry Ive and Jenny Mander, eds., Remapping the Rise of the European Novel 1500-1850 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2007)
  • ‘Social libraries and library societies in eighteenth-century North America’ in Kenneth E. Carpenter and Thomas A. Augst, eds., Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States (Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2007)
  • 'Libraries for sociability: the advance of the subscription library, c. 1700-1850,’ in Giles Mandelbrote and Keith Manley, eds., The History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland vol. 2. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006): 241-63
  • ‘La circulation du livre et les classiques: l’antiquité et les bibliothèques américaines avant 1820’ in Catherine Volpilhac-Auger, ed., D’une Antiquité l’autre: La littérature antique classigue dand les bibliothèques du Xve au XIXe siècle (Paris: ENS Editions, 2006): 199-215
  • ‘Publishing the English novel in the age of Jane Austen’, Bulletin du bibliophile (2005): 293-318
  • ‘Londres’ in Jean-Dominique Mellot (ed.), Dictionnaire encyclopédique du livre: tome 2 (Paris: Editions du Cercle de la Librairie, 2005)
  • ‘Production and publishing’ in Janet Todd, ed., Jane Austen in Context: The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005): 194-203
  • ‘Publishing and bookselling’ in Martin Daunton, ed., The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain (London: British Academy, 2006): 263-86
  • ‘Publishing and bookselling 1660-1780’ in John Richetti, ed., The New Cambridge History of English Literature 1660-1780 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005): 11-36
  • 'Cheap and cheerless: English novels in German translation and German novels in English translation 1770-1799', in W.Huber, ed., The Corvey Library and Anglo-German Cultural Exchanges, 1770-1837 (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2004): 1-33
  • 'St Paul's Precinct and the book trade to c.1800', in D. Keene, A. Burns, and A. Saint, eds., St Paul's: The Cathedral Church of London, 604-2004, (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004): 430-8
  • 'Location, size and succession: the bookshops of Paternoster Row before 1800', in R. Myers, M. Harris, and G. Mandelbrote, eds., The London Book Trade: Topographies of Print in the Metropolis from the Sixteenth Century, (Newcastle DE and London: Oak Knoll and British Library, 2003): 89-126
  • 'The anonymous novel in Britain and Ireland, 1750-1830', in R. J. Griffin, ed., The Faces of Anonymity: Anonymous and Pseudonymous Publication from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century, (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003): 141-66
  • 'An antidote to the French? English novels in German translation and German novels in English translation', Eighteenth Century Fiction, vol. 14, no. 3-4 (2002): 715-34.
  • 'Gran Bretagna 1750-1830' [English version], in F. Moretti, ed., Il romanzo III: Storia e geografia, (Turin and Princeton, NJ: Giulio Einaudi and Princeton University Press, 2002): 311-33; also issued in Italian and Korean; reprinted 2006, Princeton University Press and the British Library
  • 'The economic context', in J. Barnard and D. F. McKenzie, eds., The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: volume IV 1557-1695 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002): 568-82
  • 'British publishing and bookselling: constraints and developments', in J. Michon and J. Y. Mollier, eds., Les mutations du livre et de l'édition dans le monde du XVIIIe siècle a l'an 2000 (Quebec and Paris: Presses de l'université Laval and l'Harmattan, 2001): 19-30
  • 'Constructing bookscapes: experiments in mapping the sites and activities of the London book trades of the eighteenth century', in J. Murray, ed., Mappa Mundi: Mapping Culture/Mapping the World, (University of Windsor, Working Papers in the Humanities, 2001): 35-59
  • 'The book trades', in I. Rivers, ed., Books and Their Readers in Eighteenth-Century England: New Essays (London and New York: Leicester University Press, 2001): 1-34
  • 'Commodification and value: interaction in book traffic to North America, c. 1750-1820', in B. Bell, P. Bennett, and J. Bevan, eds., Across Boundaries: The Book in Culture and Commerce (Winchester and New Castle, DE: St Paul's Bibliographies and Oak Knoll Press, 2000): 73-90
  • 'The importation of books in the eighteenth century', in H. Amory and D .Hall, eds., The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World: The History of the Book in North America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999): 183-98
  • 'New reading histories, print culture, and the identification of change: the case of eighteenth-century England', Social History, vol. 23, (1998): 268-87
  • 'The export of books to colonial North America', Publishing History, vol. 42 (1997): 21-49
  • 'Establishing and maintaining credit lines overseas: the case of the export book trade from London in the eighteenth century, mechanisms and personnel', in L. Fontaine and G. Postel-Vinay, eds., Des personnes aux institutions: réseaux et culture du crédit du XVIe au XXe siècle en Europe (Louvain-la-Neuve: Bruylant-Academia, 1997): 144-62
  • 'Gentlemen, pirates and really respectable booksellers: some Charleston customers for Lackington, Allen & Co', in A. Hunt, G. Mandelbrote, and A. Shell, eds., The Booktrade and its Customers 1450-1900: Historical Essays for Robin Myers (Winchester and Newcastle, DE: St Paul's Bibliographies, 1997): 247-64
  • 'I viaggi dei lbri: realtà e raffigurazioni', in M. G. Tavoni and F. Waquet, eds., Gli spazi del libro nell'Europa del XVIII secolo (Bologna: Patron Editore, 1997): 47-86
  • 'Memoralizing a London bookscape: the mapping and reading of Paternoster Row and St Paul's Churchyard, 1695-1814', in R. Alston, ed, Order and Connexion: Studies in Bibliography and Book History (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1997): 177-200
  • 'Imprimé et transactions économiques: représentation et interaction en angleterre aux XVIIe et XVIII siècles', Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine, vol. 43, no. 2 (1996): 234-65
  • 'The representation of philanthropy and reading in the early modern library', Libraries and Culture, vol. 31, no. 2 (1996): 492-510
  • 'Le commerce de librairie "en gros" à Londres au XVIII siècle', in F. Barbier, S. Juratic, and D. Varry, eds., L'Europe et le livre: Réseaux et pratiques du négoce de librairie XVIe-XIXe siècles (Paris: Klincksieck, 1996): 157-72
  • 'Defending conduct and property: the London press and the luxury debate', in J. Brewer and S. Staves, eds., in Early Modern Conceptions of Property (Los Angeles, 1995): 301-22
  • 'Du qui au comment: A la recherche d'une histoire de la lecture en Angleterre', in R. Chartier, eds., Histoires de la lecture: Un Bilan des recherchess, (Paris: IMEC, 1995): 141-63
  • 'The representation of the city in the age of Mozart', in M. Csàky and W. Pass, eds., Europa im Zeitalter Mozarts (Vienna: Bohlau-Verlag, 1995): 72-6
  • 'Modes of reading and writing in the private library', in P. Goetsch, ed., Lesen und Schreiben im 17, und 18. Jahrhundert, (Tübingen, 1994): 49-60
  • 'Selling one's life: James Lackington, eighteenth-century booksellers and the design of autobiography', in O .M. Brack, ed., Writers, Books and Trade: An Eighteenth-Century Miscellany for William B. Todd (New York, 1994): 1-24
  • 'The representation of credit in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries', in L. Fontaine and G. Postel-Vinay, eds., Les chaines du crédit en Europe XVIIe-XIXe siècles, (Lyon, 1994)
  • 'The wholesaling of books in early modern Europe', in F. Barbier and D. Varry, eds., Librairies et nègoce en Europe, annèes 1510-1830 (Lyon, 1994)
  • 'Selling books across Europe', Publishing History, vol. 34, no. Autumn (1993): 5-20
  • 'Serial advertisement in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland', in R. Myers and M. Harris., Serials and their Readers, (Winchester and Detroit: Oak Knoll and St Paul's Bibliographies, 1993): 103-24
  • 'Sablukov, beauty and English titles at St Petersburg', Factotum (Dec. 1992)
  • 'Book distribution networks in early modern Europe: the case of the western fringe (La rete distributiva del libro), Produzione e commercio della carta e del libro secc. XIII-XVIII', Istituto Internazionale de Storia Economica F.Datini Prato, vol. 23 (1991): 583-630
  • 'The abolition of the English state lotteries', Historical Journal, vol. 34 (1991): 371-89
  • 'The Noble brothers and popular publishing', The Library, 6th ser., vol. 12 (1990): 239-345
  • 'British history and the enterprise culture', Past and Present, no. 123 (May 1989): 178-204
  • 'The publication of fiction in Britain and Ireland', Publishing History, vol. 24 (1988): 31-48
  • 'Commercial marts and early newspapers in Britain and the American colonies', Journal of Newspaper and Periodical History, vol. 2, no. 2 (1986)
  • 'Viscount Townshend and the Cambridge Prize for Trade Theory', Historical Journal, vol. 28 (1985): 535-55

Forthcoming chapters/articles

  • ‘Sociability and the library’, in Philip Cox, Amanda Gilroy and Mary Peace (eds.), Reading Publics: Print Culture 1650-1850 (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • ‘La fondation et le développement des bibliothèques en Grande-Bretagne au XVIIIe siècle’, in Anne Saada (ed.), La circulation des livres dans les bibliothèques européennes au XVIIIe siècle: constitution des fonds et pratiques savants.
  • ‘‘Jobbing: Was it the financial mainstay of the printing house?’ in Robin Myers, Michael Harris and Giles Mandelbrote (eds.), Balancing the Books (Oak Knoll and British Library, 2017)

  • Reviews include
  • Lucile Trunel, Les Éditions françaises  de Jane Austen 1815-2007: L’apport de l’histoire éditoriale à la compréhension de la réception de l’auteur en France, Paris: Honoré Champion Éditeur, 2010, Bulletin du Bibliophile, 2011
  • 'Remaindered' Stephen Clarke, The Strawberry Hill Press and its Printing House TLS 9 Dec. 2011, 13
  •  David Allan, Commonplace Books and Reading in Georgian England (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Journal of Library and Information History 27:4 (Dec., 2011)
  • 'Reading and Action' Ira D. Gruber, Books and the British Army in the Age of the American Revolution, TLS 19/26 Aug. 2011, 28
  • Julie Flavell, When London was Capital of America, The Journal of American History 98 (2011): 505-6
  • Laura L Runge and Pat Rogers, eds., Producing the Eighteenth-Century Book: Writers and Publishers in England, 1650-1800, PBSA 105 (2011): 112-13
  • 'Incurable Evils' Adrian Johns, Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates, TLS 29 Oct. 2010, 22-3
  • History of the Book, History Today May 2010
  • ‘A Boost to the Market’, Thomas F. Bonnell, The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry, 1765-1810, TLS 16 Jan. 2009 23.
  • David Allan, A Nation of Readers: The Lending Library in Georgian England, The Book Collector 2009
  • ‘Bibliography: The Book Collector’, TLS 30 Oct. 2009, 28-9
  • ‘Valuable Villain’, Nathan Garvey, The Celebrated George Barrington: A Spurious Author, the Book Trade, and Botany Bay, TLS 10 July 2009, 28.
  • David Allan, A Nation of Readers: The Lending Library in Georgian England EHR 2009
  • Asa Briggs, A History of Longmans and their Books, 1724-1990: Longevity in Publishing, History Today, Mar. 2009, 66-7.
  • ‘History - 2008: Seasonal Suggestions,’ History Today, Dec. 2008, 59.
  • ‘Page Plans’, Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose, ed., A Companion to the History of the Book, TLS 28 Nov. 2008, 29.
  • Paul Baines and Pat Rogers, Edmund Curll, Bookseller, EHR CXXIII: 502 (June 2008): 750-1
  • Richard B. Sher, The Enlightenment and the Book: Scottish Authors and their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland and America, The Book Collector (Winter, 2007), 599-601
  • ‘Uninfluenced by Reviews’, Jan Fergus, Provincial Readers in Eighteenth-Century England, TLS 4 May 2007, 30.
  • ‘Divers Hands’, John Hinks and Catherine Armstrong, eds., Worlds of Print: Diversity in the Book Trade, TLS 20 Oct. 2006, 28.
  • ‘Set Apart’ [‘Defoe’s Double Vision’], P.N. Furbank and W.R. Owens, A Political Biography of Daniel Defoe, and John Richetti, The Life of Daniel Defoe, TLS 18 and 25 Aug. 2006, 6-7.
  • ‘Stock Rooms and Chat Rooms’, Eric Stockdale, "‛Tis Treason, My Good Man!", Four Revolutionary Presidents and a Piccadilly Bookshop, TLS 31 March 2006, 29.
  • ‘Earliest Impressions’, Antony Griffiths, Prints for Books: Book illustration in France, 1760-1800: The Panizzi Lectures 2003, TLS 21 Oct. 2005, 33
  • ‘Chained to the Desk’, Michael Perkin, A Directory of the Parochial Libraries of the Church of England and the Church in Wales, TLS 18 Feb. 2005, 33
  • Barry Taylor, ed., Foreign-Language Printing In London, 1500-1900, TLS 25 April 2003, 31.
  • George Justice, The Manufacturers of Literature: Writing and the Literary Marketplace in Eighteenth-Century England, TLS 20 Sept. 2002, 30
  • M. Pollard, A Dictionary of Members of the Dublin Book Trade 1550-1800, TLS 28 Dec. 2001.
  • ‘Albemarle St Archive’, William Zachs, The First John Murray, TLS 4 June 1999, 26.
  • 'Magnate of Information', C. Y. Ferdinand, Benjamin Collins and the Provincial Newspaper Trade in the Eighteenth Century, TLS 12 Dec. 1997, 32.
  • R.C. Simmons, British Imprints Relating to North America 1621-1760 Rare Books Newsletter 57 (Nov. 1997); 91-93.
  • 'Worlds of Print', David D. Hall, Cultures of Print: Essays in the History of the Book, TLS 28 Nov. 1997, 31.
  • Mark Rose, Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright, EHR CXI 443 (Sept. 1996): 991-3.
  • 'Doddy, you know, is my Patron', Harry M. Solomon, The Rise of Robert Dodsley: Creating the New Age of Print, TLS 14 Feb. 1997, 33.
  • 'Aphra Behn and "Honest Sam"', Robin Myers and Michael Harris eds., A Genius for Letters: Booksellers and Bookselling from the 16th to the 19th Century, TLS 16 Aug. 1996, 32.
  • 'Sex and Shopping', Ann Bermingham and John Brewer, eds., The Consumption of Culture, 1600-1800: Image, Object, Text, TLS 5 July 1996, 30.
  • Lisa Jardine, Erasmus, Man of Letters: The Construction of Charisma in Print, Journal of European Studies 25 (1995): 67-68.
  • 'Raking the Regency', Marcus Wood, Radical Satire and Print Culture 1790-1822, TLS 13 Jan. 1995, 26.
  • Phyllis Hemby, Calendar of Bradford-on-Avon Settlement Examinations and Removal Orders, 1725-98, EHR CIX: 434 (Nov. 1994): 1286-7
  • 'How Texts Live On', Nicolas Barker, The Potencie of Life - Books in Society, TLS 25 Feb. 1994, 29.
  • ‘A Wheel of Fortune’, The Independent 18 Feb. 1994, 19.
  • Peter Davison, ed., The Book Encompassed: Studies in Twentieth-Century Bibliography, RES (1994); 238.
  • David Foxon and James McLaverty, Pope and the Early Eighteenth-Century Book Trade, RES (1993): 112-13.
  • 'A Far from Pedestrian Theme,' Anne D. Walker, Walking, Literature and English Culture: The Origins and Uses of Peripatetic in the Nineteenth Century, TLS 19 Nov. 1993, 20.
  • John Gascoigne, Cambridge in the Age of the Enlightenment: Science, Religion and Politics from the Restoration to the French Revolution, EHR CVIII: 427 (Apr. 1993): 474-5
  • 'Swift Search', ESTC on CD-ROM, TLS 11 Dec. 1992, 12-13.
  • Donald W. Nichol, ed., Pope's Literary Legacy, TLS 24 July 1992, 24.
  • James Raven, 'The Treasures of Schloss Corvey', TLS 13 Sept. 1991, 14.
  • 'A Separate Market', Mary Pollard, Dublin's Trade in Books, 1550-1800, TLS 8-14 June 1990, 618.
  • C. Kerby-Miller, ed., Memoirs of the Extraordinary Life, Works and Discoveries of Martin Scriblerus, Notes and Queries 37: 1 (Mar. 1990): 98.
  • Jon P. Klancher, The Making of English Reading Audiences, 1790-1832, RES 40: 157 (Feb 1989): 125-6.
  • 'Torrent of Titles,' Edwin Wolf II, The Book Culture of a Colonial American City: Philadelphia Books, Bookmen and Booksellers, TLS 17-23 June 1988, 686.
  • 'Dublin Exposures', Richard Cargill Cole, Irish Booksellers and English Writers, 1740-1800, TLS 2 Jan. 1987, 22
  • Forthcoming reviews:

     John Bugg (ed.), The Joseph Johnson Letterbook  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) in Review of English Studies, 2016/17

    Stephen Orgel, The Reader in the Book: A Study of Spaces and Traces (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) in The English Historical Review, 2016/17

    G. E. Bentley, Jr, The Edwardses of Halifax: The Making and Selling of Beautiful Books in London and Halifax, 1748-1826. (University of Toronto Press, 2015) in The Bookseller, 2016/17

    Jonathan Sheehan and Dror Wahrman, Invisible Hands: Self-Organization and the Eighteenth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2015) in The English Historical Review, 2016/17


Invited and public lectures

More than 100 invited/public lectures, presentations and papers since 1982, including the Panizzi Lectures, British Library, 2010; Karmiole Lecture, Los Angeles 2008; Toronto (Mapping Culture/Mapping the World speaker series) 2005; Brussels (HPB database) 2004; Alexandria (opening of UNESCO library); Mainz (SHARP); Edmonton (Orlando Women’s Project), 1998; Saintsbury Colloquium, University of Edinburgh, 1998; Atlanta, 1996 (AHA); UNAM Mexico, 1994; Wolfenbüttel, 1993; Paderborn, 1993; Vienna (Mozart bicentennial, 1992); IMEC. Paris, 1992; other lectures include at San Antonio, Texas, Stanford, Paris (Pompidou Centre, Les Halles, the Sorbonne, and others), Boston, London (BL, BM, V&A, Museum of London, Senate House, Guildhall, St Paul’s, and others), Charleston, Edinburgh, New York (Columbia, NY Library Society and others), New Haven, Belfast, Chicago, Wolfenbüttel, Berne, Washington (Library of Congress, Georgetown and others), Tuscaloosa, Lyon, Helsinki, Ravenna, Montpellier, Copenhagen, Leiden, York, St Petersburg, Dublin, Hong Kong, Annapolis, Maryland (Naval Academy), and Pavia. 

International lecturing and speaking engagements during the last two years include

  • Anglo-Japanese Conference of Historians (IHR) individual series, Tokyo, and additional lectures at Nagoya
  • Mellon lectures, Yale University, Spring 2010 (and E-SU fund-raising lecture, Boston)
  • Renaissance Society of America, Venice, April 2010
  • Lecture to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Lambeth Palace Library, July 2010
  • Presentation, International Committee of the Historical Sciences, Amsterdam, Aug. 2010
  • Lecture, opening conference for the new ‘humanities hub’ at Trinity College, Dublin, Aug. 2010
  • Panizzi Lectures, British Library, London, Nov. 2010 (available on BL podcast)
  • Keynote address, launch of the Electronic Enlightenment project, Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, Nov. 2010
  • Paper, Dissenting Academy Libraries Workshop. Harris Manchester College, Oxford, March 2011.
  • Annual Lecture (‘Why so Many Scots? An Invasion of the London Book Trade in the Eighteenth Century’), Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, March 2011
  • Three invited lectures (‘Sites of the Book Trade in Eighteenth-Century London’, ‘Intellectual History and the History of the Book’ and ‘Puffers, Debauchers and Trade’), University of Poznan, Poland, May 2011
  • Lecture for 90th Birthday Celebrations for Asa Briggs, Institute of Historical Research/Senate House, University of London, May 2011
  • Keynote Address (‘Country Houses and the Beginnings of Bibliomania’), ‘The Intellectual Culture of the British Country House’ conference, University of Sussex / Petworth House, July 2011
  • Two pre-circulated papers and discussant, The Re-Enlightenment Exchange, British Museum July 2011
  • Lecture in tribute to the late Morris Cohen, (‘Booksellers in Court: Approaches to the Legal History of Copyright in England before 1842’), American Society for Legal History, Atlanta, Nov. 2011
  • Lecture (‘The Harsnett Legacy’), Victoria County History, 60th Anniversary, Chelmsford, Nov. 2011
  • Dudley White Lecture (‘The Marks Hall Estate, History, Reconstruction and the Lost Mansions of Essex’) Nov. 2011
  • Lecture, ‘Jobbing Printing and Europe’ University of Florence, Feb. 2012
  • Lecture on Actor-Network Theory, University of California at Santa Barbara, Mar. 2012
  • Lecture, The Origin of the Novel and Portuguese Translation,’ University of São Paulo, Aug. 2012
  • De Vries Lecture Antwerp May 2012; Book sites of London
  • Paper on financing and the printing house, Stationers’ Hall, London, Nov, 2012,
  • Rare Books School, Otago University, Dunedin NZ (5 lectures, Jan.-Feb. 3013),
  • Lecture, Beyond the Metropolis: Printing in the Country’ Ball State University, Muncie Indiana March 2013,
  • Texas A&M University, College Station Texas, Initiative for the Digital Humanities, April 2013, lecture and advisory ‘test-drive’ of digital applications

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