Kenneth Karmiole Lecture Series on the History of the Book Trade

The inaugural presentation of the Kenneth Karmiole Lecture Series on the History of the Book Trade was delivered by Robert Darnton in fall of 2005. Established by Kenneth Karmiole, a Santa Monica antiquarian bookseller who provided a generous endowment, this annual lecture focuses on the book trade in England and Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Clark’s growing collection of materials relating to the collecting, publishing, and dissemination of books in the early modern period make this series particularly appropriate.


2017–18
“The Book and Slave Trades in Concert: The Colonial Library and the Atlantic Economy”
—Sean D. Moore, University of New Hampshire

2016–17
“How to Do Things with Books”
—Stephen Orgel, Stanford University

2015–16
“Hope over Experience? Cataloging the Publications of Edmund Curll”
—Pat Rogers, University of South Florida

2014–15
“Publishing Easy Pleasant Books for Children: The House of Newbery, 1740–1800”
—Andrea Immel, Curator, Cotsen Children’s Library, Princeton University

2013–14
“Eighteenth-Century Publishers and Women Writers: Antagonism and Alliances”
—Isobel Grundy, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta

2012–13
“Resisting Censorship: Petrarch and the Venetian Book Trade, 1549–1600”
—Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania

2011–12
“English Books around the World: India and the Globalization of the English Book Trade”
—Graham Shaw, former Head of the British Library’s Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections

2010–11
“Bankruptcy and the Eighteenth-Century Book Trade”
—Christine Ferdinand, Magdalen College, University of Oxford

2009–10
“Learned Book Illustrations, Their Patrons, and the Vagaries of the Trade in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century England”
—Michael F. Suarez, S.J., University of Virginia

2008–09
“Making Novels in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Puffers, Debauchers, and Trade”
—James Raven, University of Essex

2007–08
“William Strahan, Thomas Cadell, and the Big Business of Scottish Enlightenment Publishing”
—Richard B. Sher, New Jersey Institute of Technology

2006–07
“Book Trade, Literary Property, and Censorship in the Eighteenth-Century: Diderot and his Corsairs”
—Roger Chartier, Collège de France and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

2005–06
“The Art and Politics of Slander, Paris and London, 1770–1800”
—Robert Darnton, Princeton University