20 March 2018 from 19:00 to 20:30

Public lecture Andrew Pettegree: 'Trading Books in the Age of Rembrandt'

Woman and Child looking at a Picture Book by Jacob de Gheyn II (circa 1565–1629). Source: Wikimedia/Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
Woman and Child looking at a Picture Book by Jacob de Gheyn II (circa 1565–1629). Source: Wikimedia/Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

On 20 March Prof. Andrew Pettegree (Visiting fellow of the Centre for Humanities) will give a lecture on Dutch book culture in the Golden Age, followed by discussion and drinks.

A panoramic view of Dutch book culture

The Dutch Golden Age is defined by its art; but if the Dutch were voracious collectors of paintings, they bought many more books: at least three million were traded at auction in the course of the century.  This lecture draws on new material gathered for a forthcoming book offering a panoramic view of this book culture, in an age in which the Dutch both conquered the European book market, and developed systems of public political engagement through print unprecedented in European society.


The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Dr Nina Geerdink and Dr Katell Lavéant, and by questions from the audience. Nina Geerdink’s research focuses on patronage and professional authorship in the Dutch Republic; Katell Lavéant’s research investigates the production of popular books in early modern France. The evening will be moderated by Prof. Maarten Prak, Professor of Social and Economic History (UU) and specialist of the Dutch Golden Age.

Prof. Andrew Pettegree
Prof. Andrew Pettegree

About the speaker

Andrew Pettegree is one of the leading experts on book history in the Early Modern period, the Reformation, and the history of the beginnings of news, on which he published acclaimed books: The Book in the Renaissance (2010), The Invention of News (2014) and Brand Luther (2015). In March, he will be a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. His latest research project draws on new material offering an unprecedented, panoramic view of Dutch book culture in the 17th century. Through innovative research, he has been able to reconstruct the existence of thousands of books and broadsheets that are now lost. His lecture will present the discoveries he made, some of which are introduced in this interview.


This lecture is organised by the Centre for the Humanities, the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS), and the Utrecht Centre for Early Modern Studies (UCEMS), of which it is the Annual lecture. All attendees are invited to the reception following the lecture and discussion.

Start date and time
20 March 2018 19:00
End date and time
20 March 2018 20:30