264 are not peculiar to Flanders: similar developments are taking place everywhere else. More remarkable is the proliferation of private presses and single-handed publishing enterprises whose low overheads enable them to operate with a fair degree of success producing small runs for the discriminating few. Though many will succumb to economic pressures, it is from their ranks that new entrepreneurial talent will ultimately spring. Flemish fine book production has faced greater obstacles in the past. This catalogue should certainly act as an admonition not to despair. G. WILLEM OVINK Notes and news ROTTERDAM BIBLIOPOLIS The book in Rotterdam between 1680 and 1720 was the subject of an exhibition held in the city's archives from 12 September until 23 October 1981. Think of the name Rotterdam and one does not immediately associate it with a city of any particular bookish significance. Rotterdam the great port, Rotterdam the great centre of international trade and industry - tall right. But Rotterdam the city of books? Rotterdam the bibliopolis? It is not the first thing that springs to mind. Yet there was a time, beginning in the eighties of the seventeenth century, when the city on the Maas produced quite a considerable
Quaerendo – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1981
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