During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Low Countries were one of the hotbeds of the printing and bookselling industries across Europe. This applies particularly to Antwerp until the 1560s, and then the Dutch Republic as a whole past that. This is a living bibliography of sources for students interested in this rich history.

Printing and Typography

Adams, Alison and Marleen van der Weij. Emblems Of The Low Countries. 1st ed. Glasgow: University of Glasgow, Department of French, 2003. Print.

Pettegree, Andrew and Malcolm Walsby. Netherlandish Books (NB): Books Published In The Low Countries And Dutch Books Published Abroad Before 1601. 1st ed. Brill Academic Publishers, 2010. Print.

Valkema Blouw, Paul and A. R. A Croiset van Uchelen. Dutch Typography In The Sixteenth Century. 1st ed. Leiden: Brill, 2013. Print.


Sutton, Elizabeth A. Capitalism And Cartography In The Dutch Golden Age. 1st ed. Print.

Woodward, David. Cartography In The European Renaissance. 1st ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. Print.

The Book Trade

Hellinga, Lotte. The Bookshop Of The World: The Role of the Low Countries in the Book-trade, 1473-1941. 1st ed. ‘t Goy-Houten: Hes & de Graaf, 2001. Print.

Perez Fernandez, Jose Maria and Edward Wilson-Lee. Translation And The Book Trade In Early Modern Europe. 1st ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Print.

Literary and Print Culture

Bloemendal, Jan, Arjan van Dixhoorn, and Elsa Strietman. Literary Cultures And Public Opinion In The Low Countries, 1450-1650. 1st ed. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Print.

Deen, Femke, David Onnekink, and Michel Reinders. Pamphlets And Politics In The Dutch Republic. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Eisermann, Falk and Benito Rial Costas. Print Culture And Peripheries In Early Modern Europe. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

Harline, Craig E. Pamphlets, Printing, And Political Culture In The Early Dutch Republic. 1st ed. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 1987. Print.

Vaeck, M. van et al. The Stone of Alciato: Literature and Visual Culture in the Low Countries. Essays in Honour of Karel Porteman 1st ed. Leuven: Peeters, 2003. Print.

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