Author: Tobias Winnerling

Three Generations of Book Sales

Snippet from the auction catalogue of Henrik Albert Schultens (1794)Friday n° 31, May 16th, 2019 In last week’s post I addressed the inaugural lectures delivered by three generations of the Schultens family, Albert Schultens (1686-1750), Jan Jacob Schultens (1716-1778), and Henrik Schultens Albert (1749-1793). As interesting as their family practices…

Speaking of bygone scholars

Friday n° 31, May 5th, 2019 Today, ladies and gentleman, I will be speaking about speaking about scholarly predecessors in public speeches. Well, at least semi-public speeches, as I will be dealing with the inaugural lectures of three 18th century professors. Although they all were delivered originally to a limited…

A Ghost Network

Snippet from Adriaan Reland’s correspondence circlesSunday, May 5th, for Friday n° 30 In search for the web of correspondences in which my protagonists where situated I am constantly challenged by the intricacies imposed on such a reconstruction through source loss. Which is nothing very surprising, though. Once people are dead…

Ghost Edges and References

Snippet from the Acta Eruditorum, June 1711 issue, p. 269. Friday n° 29, April 25th, 2019 If being remembered or forgotten is a function of reference frequency, of circulating information, an obvious conclusion seems to be that if you want to be remembered, you yourself should start circulating information lest…

A disputed legacy? The shadow of Renaudot vs. Baile

Voltaire: Le siècle de Louis XIV., tome premier (1785, p. 136). Friday n° 28, April 19th, 2019  “Voltaire blaims him for having prevented Bayle’s dictionary from being printed in France. This is very natural in Voltaire and Voltaire’s followers; but it is a more serious objection to Renaudot, that, while…

What about the Women?

Two Samaritan coins from the collection of Jacob de Wilde, depicted by Maria de Wilde in: Adriaan Reland, Dissertatio altera de Inscriptione Nummorum quorundam Samaritanorum, Utrecht: Thomas Appels 1704. Friday n° 26, April 5th, 2019 I have touched upon many topics in this blog so far, but gender has not…

For Knowledge and Country II

Richard A. Davenport: A dictionary of biography : comprising the most eminent characters of all ages, nations, and professions, London: Tegg 1831, title page. Sunday, March 31st, 2019, for Friday n° 25 Two weeks ago I announced here that I would devote a bit more attention to the interplay between…

And the winner is…

Snippet of the network visualization for the 502 publication sample described in this post; mind the prominent position of Reland’s “Palaestina Illustrata” (big green dot left on top) and the unconnected component in the lower right corner. … Adrien Reland’s 1714 Palaestina ex monumentis veteribus illustrata! And so the winner…

Non-transitive reference patterns

Eusèbe Renaudot (ed., transl.): Anciennes relations des Indes et de la Chine, de deux voyageurs mahometans, Paris: Coignard 1718; title page. Friday no. 20, February 22nd, 2019 In one of the earlier posts on this blog I said something about Louis-Charles Solvet (1795-1869) and his successful strategies of reference to…

Where is America?

Saturday, February 15th, 2019, for Friday no. 19 Seven years ago now Caroline Winterer asked “Where is America in the Republic of Letters?” [1], and the question is still too good not to be asked again. So where is America in my Republic of Letters? Until very recently it seemed…

A Palmyra-shaped Dutch blind spot?

A short network animation of all references to Johannes Braun, Thomas Gale, Adrien Reland and Eusèbe Renaudot between 1750 and 1765 in from the Journal des Savants, the Philosophical Transactions and the Maandelyke uittreksels, of Boekzaal der geleerde waerelt, as moving four-year averages. Mind that Reland provides the only link…

Proof of Concept

Monday, January 28th, 2019, for Friday No. 17, January 25th, 2019 Apologies first: This post took me a little longer than usual, I’m two and a half days late now. This is due to what I wanted to present here: The first two completed data sets for the tracking of…

Questions unsolved

Time tracking sample, 26 November 2018Saturday, January 12th, 2019 (for Friday No. 15) I am bit late this week with my state of research entry not because of one of the many good reasons to be brought forward at such an occasion – delays caused by family matters, urgent appointments,…

Institutions vs. Forgetting

Friday No. 12, January 4th, 2019 (a real Friday post once again) Individuals… So far I have mostly tried to frame structural forgetting in terms of individual persons, of their acts or omissions. This corresponds with my deeply held conviction that individual persons are at the core of history, and…

Where journals lead, I shall follow…?

Saturday, December 21st, for Friday No. 11, December 20th, 2018 This is the last one! No, not the end, it’s just the last one for this year, as I’m off for vacation from – what was it – ah, now. But only until January 2nd, so come next year, come…

What’s a pupil worth?

Saturday, for Friday No.10, December 15th, 2018 (Holidays are coming and everything is getting complicated to schedule…) I do not have touched upon one facet of scholar’s posthumous reputation yet, although it is commonly believed to possibly have a powerful influence upon it. And that ist he impact a scholar’s…