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The Word on the Street: Print and Urban Space during the Hand-Press Period

Miraeus lecturs, Wednesday 20 November 2013
John Hinks (University of Leicester)

The hand-press period of Western printing (as defined, for example, by CERL: the European Consortium of Research Libraries) lasted from c.1455 until c.1830. A longue durée approach to this period indicates that location – almost invariably an urban location – was a remarkably persistent key factor in the success of the printing trade. In line with the current ‘spatial turn’ in the history of the book, this lecture will discuss some of the ways in which urban space impacted on printers and how, in turn, the texts and images that they produced helped to reflect, and to shape, the urban experience for almost four centuries.


Dr John Hinks is Chairman of the Printing Historical Society, a member of the Council of the Bibliographical Society and an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, UK. His research and publications focus on urban print culture and the history of printing and the book trade.


Free entrance
Venue: Nottebohm Hall of the Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience
Hendrik Conscienceplein 4
B-2000 Antwerpen
The Miræus Lectures are an initiative of the Flanders Book Historical Society and are supported by the Antwerp Bibliophile Society and the Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience.