The untold story of how the Dutch conquered the European book market and became the world's greatest bibliophiles-"an instant classic on Dutch book history" (BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review)
"[An] excellent contribution to book history."-Robert Darnton, New York Review of Books
In this fascinating account, Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen show how the Dutch produced many more books than pictures and bought and owned more books per capita than any other part of Europe. Key innovations in marketing, book auctions, and newspaper advertising brought stability to a market where elsewhere publishers faced bankruptcy, and created a population uniquely well-informed and politically engaged. This book tells for the first time the remarkable story of the Dutch conquest of the European book world and shows the true extent to which these pious, prosperous, quarrelsome, and generous people were shaped by what they read.