MEDIATE


Understanding the real bestsellers of the 18th century

Database


We are currently in the process of harvesting, transcribing and establishing metadata from our corpus of (sales) catalogues of eighteenth-century private libraries. This will form the backbone of two databases: the BIBLIO database (Bibliography of Individual Book and Library Inventories Online, 1665 - 1820), containing basic bibliographic records for all extant private library (sales) catalogues in the Dutch Republic, France, and the British Isles, for the period 1665 - 1820; and the MEDIATE database (Middlebrow Enlightenment: Disseminating Ideas, Authors, and Texts in Europe, 1665 - 1820), containing fully searchable transcriptions and metadata on books and collectors extracted from a corpus of 2000 smaller private library (sales) catalogues.

In a second phase, we aim to render Linked Open Data on books and collectors interoperable with other existing bibliographic and bibliometric databases through the creation of a common interface, E-ENABLE (Early-modern - Enlightenment Networks of Authors, Books, and Libraries in Europe) allowing researchers to query several book history databases at the same time.

The public version of the BIBLIO and MEDIATE databases will be available in 2019, but before then, we will have a working version that can be accessed by contacting us.


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