Abstract

Abstract:

Presenting preliminary findings from the MEDIATE database, this essay explores how “big data,” or extremely large bibliographic corpora, can transform Enlightenment historiography. What happens when our dataset is no longer hundreds, but half a million books, recorded in hundreds of catalogues of private libraries sold across Europe from 1665–1830? How do the handful of canonical Enlightenment titles relate to the mass of reading material in these libraries? Focusing on the presence of classical authors in these catalogues, this essay argues that as vehicles transmitting the ideas of (long-dead) authors, books and libraries fundamentally transformed Enlightenment engagements with the past.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 909-934
Launched on MUSE
2021-08-17
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.