Wrapped in Newspaper, or, an Experimental Binding for Robert Boyle’s Experiments

By Hanna de Lange | The Latin trade has long been considered a one-way-street: books in Latin were imported in England, mainly the classics. It rings true that publications printed on the British Isles were overwhelmingly in English and catered to the local market. But more than once authors and publishers sought readers and trading […]

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The English Mercurie of 1588: the first (hoax) newspaper

By Arthur der Weduwen | In 1794, the Scottish antiquarian and political writer George Chalmers made a startling find. He had found proof that the first newspaper had been printed in London in 1588, decades before the emergence of newspapers elsewhere in Europe. It had been a chance discovery. Chalmers was composing a history of […]