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Mapping Early Utrecht Printers and Publishers: Experiences with Building a Geographical Interface (2016)


Recently Utrecht University Library together with external partners put the former printers and publishers located in the city of Utrecht literally on the map. This was organized as part of the project Vroege Utrechtse drukkers en uitgevers op de kaart (‘Early Utrecht Printers and Publishers on the Map’). The project yielded a geographical interface ( visualizing the various locations of the former printers and publishers from the time period 1450-1825. Three georeferenced historical map layers from different dates are used to clarify the geographical situation of the Utrecht center in those days, which could also be compared with the current state. All the former locations of printers and publishers are clickable and link to specific biographical data, printers’ marks, and (sometimes digitized) publications of the printers and publishers in question. In the Northern Netherlands the city of Utrecht has been the cradle of book printing. By using the spatial-temporal application this rich printing history of Utrecht is unlocked. Besides offering easy access to a tremendous amount of old printing data, the site also aims to be a source for scientific analysis of spatial and statistical patterns in book and print history. In the future the application will have new functionalities and will also be expanded with other Dutch and European cities.

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Authors & Contributors
McKay, Barry
Llwyd, Rheinallt
Baggs, Chris
Jones, Philip Henry
Scragg, Brenda
Gee, Stacey
Archives of Natural History
British Journal for the History of Science
Cartographica Helvetica
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
International Journal of Middle East Studies
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
St. Paul's Bibliographies
Continuum International Publishing Group
University of Pittsburgh Press
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Carocci Editore
Booksellers and bookselling
Publishers and publishing
Printing industry
Book making
Desaguliers, John Theophilus
Woodward, John
Gravesande, Willem Jakob van's
Newton, Isaac
Brickell, John
Catesby, Mark
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
17th century
16th century
Early modern
20th century, early
London (England)
Great Britain
Utrecht (Netherlands)
Dutch East India Company

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