STN (FBTEE) Database launched

We are pleased to announce that the French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe on-line database finally went on line at 10.10 British time this morning. We are confident that the database, which traces the entire trade of the Société typographique de Neuchâtel’s trade across Europe in the years 1769 to 1794, will be a major scholarly resource for historians, literary scholars and bibliographers. A downloadable version went on-line just a few minutes later. The final editing phase took a little longer than expected, but we hope that the instructional materials and guides make it worthwhile. We look forward to reading comments on the project at our blog.

New Zealand Tour Dates

Simon Burrows has been invited to give two Plenary presentations on the French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe (FBTEE) project in New Zealand in the course of July. The first will be a joint presentation on ‘Using Spatial Data for Historical Research’ with Nicole Coleman of the Stanford Republic of Letters project at the New Zealand Digital Symposium in Wellington (4-6 July). The second presentation will be on the findings of the project at the George Rudé Seminar in Auckland (12-14 July) and is entitled ‘The High Enlightenment and the Low Down on Literature in Pre-Revolutionary Europe: the Evidence of the STN Database’. Between times, on 10 July, he will also be speaking in Hamilton at a public seminar at the University of Waikato on ‘Reading the Enlightenment by Mapping the Book Trade‘, to be held jointly with the Alliance française d’Hamilton. So, not only is a great trip in prospect, but the chance to catch up with old friends across the country and in the Alliance…

Video presentations

In July Simon Burrows and Mark Curran gave a public lecture at the Library of Congress. This can now be viewed at the LoC website at:

In September it was Oxford’s turn to be wowed by the project, this time at the Intellectual Geographies conference. The videos are available here:
Both videos are also available via our project website. Happy viewing.


Welcome to the ‘French book trade in enlightenment Europe’ project news blog. The purpose of this blog is to give regular official news updates from the Leeds-based FBTEE team about progress, activities and publications. The FBTEE project is an AHRC-funded project, which aims to map the pan-European book trade of the celebrated Société typographique de Neuchâtel (STN) between 1789 and 1794. The project, led by Professor Simon Burrows, is based at the University of Leeds. For more information on the project consult the official website at There is also much project-related information on the blog of Dr Mark Curran, who was employed as a research fellow for FBTEE between 2007 and 2011 and is currently working at Cambridge developing ideas for further research, at Visualisations and maps for the project have been developed by Vincent Hiribarren (see