Reading, Writing, and Selling Scholarship

Friday 2 June 2017, Room 349, Senate House

2017 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Louis Elzevier, bookseller and founder of the publishing house which dominated Dutch printing in the seventeenth century. Elzevier books spread across the known world, through their own vast international trade network and via the many foreign students who read them while studying at Dutch universities. They thus helped shape how the topics represented were understood, learned, taught, read, collected and pirated. The renowned dynasty lives on today through the long collectability of its output and through its namesake, the Elsevier publishing house. This conference explores material evidence of the production and consumption of academic books in the early modern period, based around publications by the Elzeviers and their contemporaries.

Draft Programme


  • Professor David McKitterick: "What is in a name? The afterlife of Elzevier"
  • Professor James Mosley : "The Elzevier Letter"
  • Professor Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen: "Profit or Reputation?  Publishing Strategies in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic"

The conference will coincide with a display of Senate House Library's Elzevier collection, one of the largest worldwide.

  • £30 Standard rate
  • £20 Concessions rate*

Please click the REGISTER HERE button below to register. Alternatively, please download and complete the below registration form, and return it along with your preferred payment method either via email to or by post to: IES Events Officer, Room 260, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.

Registration form

*There are two bursaries available to postgraduate students to cover registration and travel. To apply for a bursary, please submit your application form to Cynthia Johnston at no later then May 15th, 2017.

Bursary application form

This conference is generously supported by the Bibliographical Society.

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