Dr Arthur der Weduwen

Dr Arthur der Weduwen

BA (Exon.), M.Litt (St And.), PhD (St And.)


Contact Details

Email: adw7@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 463312
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914







Teaching and Research Interests

My research focuses on history of communication, the early modern print world, the development of the state and the growth of a politically-engaged public. My PhD (2018, St Andrews), was a study of state communication in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic, focusing specifically on government and municipal attempts to influence public opinion through proclamations and ordinances. I complemented my doctoral study with an interest in the emergence of commercial news and advertising: I published the first complete bibliography of all seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish newspapers (Brill, 2017), and I am writing a study of seventeenth-century newspaper advertising in the Low Countries. Together with Andrew Pettegree I also wrote the first survey of book publishing in the Dutch Golden Age, published in 2019 by Yale University Press (in English) and Atlas Contact (in Dutch).

At St Andrews I am a postdoctoral researcher associated with the Universal Short Title Catalogue project, for which I work predominantly on the history of printing in the early modern Low Countries and Scandinavia. I also manage the annual volunteer summer programme which the USTC hosts every June and July. I have worked with the USTC project since I arrived at St Andrews as an M.Litt student in 2014. Prior to that I completed a BA in History and International Relations at the University of Exeter (2011-2014).

I am currently also working on turning my PhD thesis into a monograph, and on a project on the transformation of the library in early modern Europe, provisionally entitled The Rise and Fall of the Renaissance Library.




  • Dutch and Flemish Newspapers of the Seventeenth Century, 1618-1700 (2 vols., Leiden: Brill, 2017).
  • The Bookshop of the World. Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age (London/New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019), co-authored with Andrew Pettegree. Also published in Dutch as De Boekhandel van de Wereld. Drukkers, boekverkopers en lezers in de Gouden Eeuw (Amsterdam: Atlas Contact, 2019).

Journal articles and chapters in edited collections

  • ‘Towards a complete bibliography of seventeenth-century Dutch newspapers: Delpher and its applications’, Tijdschrift voor Tijdschriftstudies 38 (2015), pp. 21-27.
  • ‘Publicity and its Uses. Lost Books as Revealed in Newspaper Advertisements in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic’, in Flavia Bruni and Andrew Pettegree (eds.), Lost Books. Reconstructing the Print World of Pre-Industrial Europe, (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 202-222 (with Andrew Pettegree).
  • ‘Utrecht’s First Newspaper Re-discovered: Adriaen Leenaertsz and the Nieuwe Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt ende Nederlant (1623)’, Quaerendo 46, No. 1 (2016), pp. 1-19.
  •  ‘A Brussels competitor to Abraham Verhoeven? The discovery of the serial Nouvelles Neutrelles (1621)’, De Gulden Passer 95, No. 1 (2017), pp. 37-60.
  • ‘“Everyone has hereby been warned.” The Structure and Typography of Broadsheet Ordinances and the Communication of Governance in the Early Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic’, in Andrew Pettegree (ed.), Broadsheets: Single-Sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 240-267.
  • ‘The Battle of the Downs: reporting victory and defeat in the early periodical press’, Media History 24, No. 1 (2018), pp. 1-25.
  • ‘What was published in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic?’, Livre. Revue Historique (2018), pp. 1-22 (with Andrew Pettegree).
  • ‘From piety to profit: the development of newspaper advertising in the Dutch Golden Age’, in Siv Gøril Brandtzaeg, Paul Goring and Christine Watson (eds.), Travelling Chronicles: Episodes in the History of News and Newspapers from the Early Modern Period to the Eighteenth Century (Leiden: Brill, 2018), pp. 233-253.
  • ‘Competition, choice and diversity in the newspaper trade of the Golden Age’, The Early Modern Low Countries 2, No. 1 (2018), pp. 7-23.
  • ‘News, Neighbours, and Commerce: Newspaper Advertising in the Information Culture of the Dutch Republic’, The Early Modern Low Countries 2, No. 1 (2018), pp. 103-118 (with Andrew Pettegree).


Grants and Awards

  • Brill Fellowship, University of Leiden (2018)
  • James D. Forbes Collecting prize, University of St Andrews Library (2017)
  • Elsevier/Johan de Witt-scriptieprijs (best Masters dissertation on the history of the Dutch Golden Age) (2016)
  • Postgraduate Gray Prize (best M.Litt performance in Arts & Divinity), University of St Andrews (2015)
  • School of History Maintenance Scholarship, University of St Andrews (2015-2018)
  • School of History M.Litt Fees Scholarship, University of St Andrews (2014-2015)
  • Departmental Commendation, History Department, University of Exeter (2013 and 2014)


Teaching Duties


Other Responsibilities

  • Editorial board member, Brill’s The Library of the Written Word series (2017-present)
  • Consultant for ProQuest’s Early European Books project (2016-present)
  • Consultant for the digitisation of seventeenth-century Dutch newspapers with the Metamorfoze project at the Royal Library in The Hague (2016-present)







Main Publications