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15CBOOKTRADE Report Summary

Project ID: 614727
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: United Kingdom

Mid-Term Report Summary - 15CBOOKTRADE (The 15th-century Book Trade: An Evidence-based Assessment and Visualization of the Distribution, Sale, and Reception of Books in the Renaissance)

The 15cBOOKTRADE Project is preparing a re-assessment of the impact of the first 50 years since the introduction of printing in the West using evidence gathered from thousands of surviving books: their contents and illustration, their distribution network, their users, and their market price. The project coordinates an extensive international network of contributing libraries and scholars, and has developed a rich suite of integrated tools for the quantitative and qualitative analysis of the data. A database tracks the movement of books in time and space, during their 500 years of existence, and a visualization suite maps the circulation of thousands of books and the formation and dispersal of library collections.
Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI; Text-inc (; scientific visualization suite (; a video presents this new tool to the general public ( The website of the project ( is rich in illustrative material.


Gill Wells, (Head of European Team)
Tel.: +44 1865 289800
Fax: +44 1865 289801
Record Number: 194469 / Last updated on: 2017-02-15
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