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International Conference “Selling & Collecting. Printed Book Sale Catalogues and Private Libraries in Early Modern Europe” (Cagliari, 20-21 September 2017)

20 de Julio de 2017 a las 09:13 h

Por su interés para nuestros lectores difundimos la siguiente información sobre la Conferencia Internacional "Selling & Collecting. Printed Book Sale Catalogues and Private Libraries in Early Modern Europe", que se celebrará los días 20 y 21 de septiembre de 2017, en Cagliari (Italia) [Seguir leyendo].


International Conference "Selling & Collecting. Printed Book Sale Catalogues and Private Libraries in Early Modern Europe" (Cagliari, 20-21 September 2017).


This conference will explore the distribution and acquisition of printed books in the 16th and 17th centuries.


It will focus on publishers' and booksellers' catalogues as evidence of the advertising and selling techniques used by the book trade. A related theme will be private libraries, associated with the growing phenomenon of book collecting, which ensured not only the consumption and accumulation, but also often the preservation, of the works being produced by the book trade.


In recent decades, increasing attention to these two aspects has brought about a renewal of the study of the history of the book in the early modern period, marked by new research devoted to these two themes:  the commercial book trade, its economic goals and operational mechanisms and, on the other hand, the creation of great private collections driven by projects of encyclopaedic ambition. These two fields, however, have only occasionally been connected and examined within a single context.


Private libraries represented not only an important market for the book trade, but also bear witness to their owners' great interest in the marketing tools perfected by book trade agents in the early modern period. Among the largest of such collections, one of the least well known was owned by the Sardinian jurist Monserrat Rossellò (1568 - 1613). Today, it forms part of the Library of the University of Cagliari, which will be the venue of the conference.




20 September 

16:00 - 19:00

  • Angela Nuovo (University of Udine), Introduction to the conference
  • Pedro M. Catedra (University of Salamanca),  The bookshop as a source for the ideal library: a long-awaited library at the beginning of the sixteenth century
  • Graziano Ruffini (University of Florence), A sale of books in Genoa in 1583
  • Giovanna Granata (University of Cagliari), The library of the Sardinian jurist Monserrat Rosselló
  • Pedro Rueda (University of Barcelona), La venta de libros italianos en Madrid en tiempos de Felipe II: el catálogo de Simone Vassalini


21 September 

9:30 - 13:30

  • Christian Coppens (University of Leuven), Advertising the printed book in the sixteenth century
  • Giliola Barbero (University of Udine), Ordinary and extraordinary prices in Giolito's catalogues
  • Goran Proot (University of Udine), Parisian book prices in the 1540s published in bookseller's catalogues
  • Flavia Bruni (University of Udine), Peace at the Lily. An evaluation of the De Franceschi press through the stockbook of Bernardo Giunti
  • Francesco Ammannati (University of Udine), Book prices and monetary issues in Renaissance Europe
  • Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library), Catalogues, booksellers and the Frankfurt fair, c. 1600


15:00 - 19:00

  • Emanuele Lacca (University of South Bohemia), 'Cosas muy nuevas y de grandisima dificultad'. The library of the Spanish humanist Fernan Pérez de Oliva (1494-1531)
  • Alessandra Panzanelli (University of Oxford), Building an up-to-date library: Prospero Podiani's use of booksellers' catalogues, with special reference to law books
  • Anna Corrias (University of Cagliari), Book hunting in seventeenth-century England: Lord Edward Conway (1594-1655) and his library
  • Laura Usalla (University of Cagliari), The catalogues of the database "Biblioteche filosofiche private in età moderna e contemporanea" (Private philosophical libraries in the modern and contemporary Europe). A source for the history of the book
  • Andrea Orsucci (University of Cagliari),  Book trade, private libraries and interpretation of texts

The conference is co-organised by Professor Giovanna Granata (University of Cagliari) and Professor Angela Nuovo (University of Udine). 


Attendance is free and registration is not required.


For further information, please see​ or contact dr Simona Piredda at

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