The 2010 Panizzi Lectures
London Booksites: Places of Printing and Publication before 1800
Professor James Raven
The British Library, Conference Centre
This series of lectures offers fresh perspectives on the early modern and eighteenth-century book trade in England. London dominated this industry, but relatively little has been known about the commercial environments in which books were published. Using a range of new illustrative and topographical evidence, James Raven will reconstruct the different communities of London printers, booksellers and their associates, reassessing working practices and the changes brought to different neighbourhoods.
Wednesday 27th October – 18.15 – 19.30
The first lecture examines the ancient book trade sites from Westminster, St Paul’s Churchyard and London Bridge to Fleet Street and the emergent district of Little Britain at the end of the 17th century. Many traditional locations, including Paternoster Row, came to host new businesses and new social activities.
Wednesday 3rd November – 18:15-19.30
The second lecture will show how the transformation in publication capacity (from the Strand to Cornhill) relates to different sites of production and to different ways of making books public. Booksellers found new opportunities to alter shops and operations, and the working environment brought new challenges and difficulties.
Wednesday 10th November – 18:15-19:30
The final lecture examines changing activities in both ancient and newly built parts of London in the 18th century. The siting of bookshops and printing houses allowed sharing and support; and trade was boosted by nearby markets and services. Increased industry also brought fresh participants, not all of whom won approval.
No tickets will be available for the Panizzi lectures. The event is free and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.