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The Copy Room: Imagining a Huguenot Library in Early Modern London (2022)


This essay illuminates an unexplored intersection between recent work on early modern networks, book history, and the history of libraries. It focuses on a letter book, a continuous record of the French Protestant Church of London's correspondence from 1643 to 1650. The church officials who kept this unusual record found themselves imagining their library and its books as working parts in a vibrant information hub for the Huguenot churches in England. Using methods from microhistory (i.e., plausible inference) and literary criticism to uncover an alternative reading of the letters copied into the letter book, as distinct from the original letters, the article traces the beginnings of a lending library in the church officials’ thinking. In illuminating the letter book's impact, the essay places Huguenots, long treated as a marginalized minority, in the spotlight of a global history, which traces the movements of people, ideas, and goods across newly imagined spaces.

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Authors & Contributors
Cormack, Lesley B.
Barbour, Reid
Barry, Jonathan
Black, John
Boulton, Jeremy
Bower, David I.
Journal of Medical Biography
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society
History of Psychiatry
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Science and Education
Cambridge University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Oxford University Press
Prospect Books
Physicians; doctors
Labor and laborers
Browne, Thomas
Burnet, Thomas
Culpeper, Nicholas
Hood, Thomas
Moxon, Joseph
Ogilby, John
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
19th century
Early modern
London (England)
Great Britain
Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Cambridge University
Oxford University
Forschungsbibliothek Gotha
Justus Perthes

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