Dr Graeme Kemp

Dr Graeme Kemp

MA, MLitt, PhD (St. And.)

Contact Details

Email – gk6@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 467204
Fax - +44 (0)1334 463334




Teaching and Research Interests

My research principally focuses on French print culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a particular concern for the output and circulation of religious controversy during that period. I was awarded my PhD in 2013 for a study of Religious Controversy in the Sixteenth Century. Most recently I have begun research on the buying and selling of early modern editions in contemporary booklists and auction catalogues. In addition, I have also conducted various bibliographic investigations into mathematical and medical texts published through Europe in the early modern period.

I am currently Project Manager of the Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC), a digital bibliography of printed early modern editions. Prior to this position, I worked as technical manager of the USTC, a research assistant on a Leverhulme sponsored project to catalogue early mathematical editions, and as a research assistant on a Wellcome Trust sponsored project to catalogue medical books in Northern Europe

I teach on aspects of material bibliography and digital humanities, covering a broad range of topics and techniques. I am currently senior editor of Book History Online, published by Brill and act as a technical consultant and academic advisor on various digital projects including Early European Books (ProQuest) and Historical Texts (JISC)

Administrative Duties (External)

Senior Editor, Book History On-line (Brill)
Consultant, Iberian Books (UCD)
Consultant, Early European Books (ProQuest)
Advisor, Historical Texts (JISC)


Selected Publications

  • Kemp ‘Selling books by Broadsheet: A Sales Catalogue of Marie Flo Savreux, marchand-libraire’ in Andrew Pettegree (ed.) Broadsheets: Single-Sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 488-515
  • Pettegree and Kemp, ‘The Universal Short Title Catalogue. Creating and Exploiting a Major Bibliographical Resource’, La Bibliofilia CXIX (2017)
  • Kemp and Walsby (eds.), The Book in Transition: The Printed Book in the Post-Incunabula Age (Leiden: Brill, 2011)


  • Kemp, Books at Auction: The Sale of Books by Catalogue in England and Scotland (1676-1707)
  • Kemp and Wilkinson (eds.), Conflict and Controversy (Leiden: Brill, 2018)

Recent Grants and Awards

  • William H. Helfand Grolier Club Library Fellowship (2017)
  • CAPOD Innovation Grant for Workshop entitled: Books, Texts and the Digital Humanities (2017), with Dr Shanti Graheli

Teaching Duties

I participate in the teaching of various modules, most recently:

  • MO4975 Print, Progress and Public opinion.  Towards a New History of Print Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • MO5032 Material Bibliography
  • MO5113 Books and their Readers in Early Modern Europe

Research Students

Jamie Cumby, 'The Lyonnais Book Industry from 1502 to 1562', co-supervisor with Professor Andrew Pettegree.