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The British Book Trade Index on the Web: A project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board. Thanks to an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, the British Book Trade Index has recently moved to the University of Birmingham for development as a Web-based research resource. The BBTI is a computerized database (currently containing around eighty thousand records) which aims to include brief biographical and trade details of all those who worked in the English and Welsh book trades before 1852. It includes not only printers, publishers and booksellers but also stationers, papermakers, engravers, auctioneers, ink-makers and sellers of medicines, so that the book trade can be studied in the context of allied trades.

BBTI began in 1983, under the direction of Professor Peter Isaac, with support from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Sir James Knott Charitable Trust. Support was later received from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. BBTI data have been derived from a range of published sources, both printed and electronic, and from forms submitted by the many scholars and local researchers who have generously contributed their findings. [Principal printed sources from which records have been derived include: the Dictionaries of the Printers and Booksellers who were at work in England, Scotland and Ireland 1557-1775 (Bibliographical Society, 1907-1932); Ramsden's Bookbinders of the United Kingdom (outside London) 1780-1840 (Batsford, 1954) and Todd's A Directory of Printers and others in Allied Trades: London and vicinity 1800-1840 (Printing Historical Society, 1972).] Electronic data have been generously supplied by the British Library from the Eighteenth-Century Short-Title Catalogue and by Michael Turner from his records of Stationers.

The potential of BBTI as a research tool is indicated by the willingness with which scholars have contributed records over almost twenty years. A grant of 175,000 from the AHRB's Resource Enhancement Scheme will fund three years of development work, including the transfer of the existing database to the Web, the addition of many more thousands of new records, and several research projects using the BBTI database, including a study of book-trade networks in the Midlands. The longer-term future of the BBTI is guaranteed by the commitment of the University of Birmingham and by the project's close liaison with the Arts and Humanities Data Service.

The research strength of the University of Birmingham's English Department in the history of the book and the transmission of texts makes it an ideal home for the BBTI. The project, directed by Maureen Bell and with Peter Isaac chairing the Management Group, will form the hub of a research group (staff, postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers) working on aspects of book history. John Hinks, who has joined the Department as the BBTI Research Fellow, has recently completed doctoral work on the history of the book trade in Leicester and is already familiar with BBTI in its present form, both as a user and contributor of data. Under his editorial guidance, the Web version of the BBTI will become the centrepiece of a new Birmingham Web-portal for the exchange and dissemination of research information concerning book-trade history.

The BBTI website is http://www.bbti.bham.ac.uk.

Contact for further information: John Hinks, Department of English, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (e-mail: J.Hinks@bham.ac.uk) (10/6/02)

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Announcement about the SVEC (formerly Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century), the Voltaire Foundation's major academic series. Founded by Theodore Besterman in 1955, the series has published over 450 volumes of major research in eighteenth-century studies. The Editorial Board includes scholars with specialisms in many different areas of literary studies, history, philosophy and the history of art, and the General Editor welcomes submissions on any aspects of the Enlightenment, whatever the discipline or critical approach. Publications in SVEC have in the past had a particular focus on France, but we are also keen to promote studies that reflect the much broader network of exchange that characterised the Enlightenment. Recent volumes include Thierry Rigogne, Between state and market: printing and bookselling in eighteenth-century France (May 2007), ISBN 978-0-72940-907-0; David Adams, Book illustration, taxes and propaganda: the Fermiers généraux edition of La Fontaine's 'Contes et nouvelles en vers' of 1762 (November 2006), ISBN 978-0-72940-883-7; Robert L. Dawson, Confiscation at customs: banned books and the French booktrade during the last years of the Ancien régime (July 2006), ISBN 978-0-72940-770-0. (24/2/08)

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Material Readings in Early Modern Culture. Announcing a new series from Ashgate Publishing Company: Material Readings in Early Modern Culture. Series Editors: James Daybell, University of Plymouth; and Adam Smyth, Birkbeck College, University of London. This series provides a forum for studies that consider the material forms of texts as part of an investigation into early modern culture. The editors invite proposals of a multi- or inter-disciplinary nature, and particularly welcome proposals that combine archival research with an attention to the theoretical models that might illuminate the reading, writing, and making of texts, as well as projects that take innovative approaches to the study of material texts, both in terms the kinds of primary materials under investigation, and in terms of methodologies. What are the questions that have yet be to asked about writing in its various possible embodied forms? Are there varieties of materiality that are critically neglected? How does form mediate and negotiate content? In what ways do the physical features of texts inform how they are read, interpreted and situated? Consideration will be given to both monographs and collections of essays. The range of topics covered in this series includes, but is not limited to: History of the book, publishing, the book trade, printing, typography (layout, type, typeface, blank/white space, paratextual apparatus); Technologies of the written word: ink, paper, watermarks, pens, presses; Surprising or neglected material forms of writing; Print culture; Manuscript studies; Social space, context, location of writing; Social signs, cues, codes imbued within the material forms of texts; Ownership and the social practices of reading: marginalia, libraries, environments of reading and reception; Codicology, palaeography and critical bibliography; Production, transmission, distribution and circulation; Archiving and the archaeology of knowledge; Orality and oral culture; The material text as object or thing. Proposals should take the form of either 1) a preliminary letter of inquiry, briefly describing the project; or 2) a formal prospectus including: abstract, brief statement of your critical methodology, table of contents, sample chapter, estimate of length, estimate of the number and type of illustrations to be included, and a c.v. Please send a copy of either type of proposal to each of the two series editors and to the publisher: Dr James Daybell, james.daybell@plymouth.ac.uk; Dr Adam Smyth, adam.smyth@bbk.ac.uk Erika Gaffney, Publisher, egaffney@ashgate.com. (16/9/10)

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Collaborative PhD Studentship: Music, print and culture in the 16th and early 17th centuries Applications are invited for an AHRC collaborative PhD studentship, held at Royal Holloway, University of London, and The British Library, on the theme of Music, print and culture in the 16th and early 17th centuries . The studentship commences in autumn 2014. Full details are here: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/music/news/newsarticles/newcollaborativephdfundingscheme.aspx. The deadline for receipt of applications (including two references) is Thursday 13th March 2014. Interviews will be held at the British Library on Friday 28th March 2014. Informal enquiries to Stephen Rose (stephen.rose@rhul.ac.uk). (17/02/14)

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Podcasts from the Centre for Study of the Book, Oxford: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/centre-study-book. (10/03/14)

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Fully-funded AHRC Ph.D. studentship: Geography in Dialogue: Print Culture at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), c. 1830-c. 2000, (Royal Holloway, University of London). Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (PhD studentship) to work on the publication history of The Geographical Journal--the journal of record for geography in the United Kingdom throughout much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This studentship is one of four PhD awards made by the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership managed jointly by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Royal Society. The project will be supervised by Dr Innes M. Keighren & Professor Klaus Dodds (RHUL), and Dr Catherine Souch (RGS-IBG). The studentship, which is funded for three years full-time equivalent, will be available from September 2014. The project focuses on the authorship, editorship, publication, circulation, and reception of The Geographical Journal (under its various titles) between 1831 and 2000. Drawing upon the rich archival collections of the Society, the project will investigate the significance of the journal both to the Society and to the larger disciplinary audiences it reached and represented. More generally, the role of print culture in forging and informing disciplinary communities will be of interest. There will be considerable scope for the successful candidate to develop the project in a variety of ways, but attention to the journal's editing, production, circulation, and reading practices will be of central concern. Relevant research questions might include: What genres of geographical writing were encouraged or discouraged by individual editors of the journal? When and how did peer-review emerge? How was this process managed? What were the economics of the journal's publication? What was its print run and cost? How did these vary across time? How did the technologies of print facilitate (or frustrate) certain kinds of geographical publishing? Who were the journal's readers? To where and to whom were copies of the journal sent and gifted? To what extent did the journal publish the work and communications of non-UK geographers? How did the journal engage audiences beyond the academy? How did it seek to inform the public about geographical issues and debates? How to Apply Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in geography, history, literary studies or other relevant discipline, and will need to satisfy AHRC academic and residency eligibility criteria, including the requirement that candidates should normally have or be studying for a Masters or equivalent postgraduate qualification (full details provided in the AHRC's Student Funding Guide 2013-14 [http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Student-Funding-Guide.pdf]). Preference may be given to applicants with prior experience of archival research, although others are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae together with a cover letter outlining their qualifications for, and interest in, the studentship as a single Word document of no more than four pages in length. The names and contact details of two academic referees should also be supplied. Applications should be sent by email to the primary academic supervisor, Dr Innes M. Keighren (innes.keighren@rhul.ac.uk), by no later than 12 March 2014. Interviews will be held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London on 21 March 2014. For further information concerning the project, please contact either Dr Innes M. Keighren (innes.keighren@rhul.ac.uk) or Dr Catherine Souch (c.souch@rgs.org). (10/03/14)

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Book History Postgraduate Network

The Book History Postgraduate Network as established in 1998 by the former Book Trade History Group in co-operation with the Institute for English Studies at the University of London.

The aims of the Network are:

The Network has its own website: http://www.tcd.ie/CISS/bhrn/index.php.

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