Shanti Graheli

Shanti Graheli

BA (Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy), MLitt (St Andrews), PhD (St Andrews)

Contact Details
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After graduating in Italian Studies at the University of Udine, I pursued a master in Book History at St Andrews. My doctoral thesis investigated the circulation and collection of Italian printed books in France in the sixteenth century, through the analysis of material collections, booksellers’ inventories, correspondences and library catalogues.

I am currently employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher by the Universal Short Title Catalogue Project, as part of 'Preserving the World's Rarest Books', funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Within this frame I am responsible for the Italian and French printing domains.

My research interests comprise the history and techniques of the Renaissance printing press and the circulation of ideas through trade and intellectual networks.

I am currently completing my first monograph, Italian Books and the French Renaissance, as well as editing a volume entitled Buying and Selling. The Business of Books in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2017).

I teach Material Bibliography as part of the M.Litt. degree “The Book. History and Techniques of Analysis”.

Academic Publications:

“Italian Books and French Medical Libraries in the Renaissance” in D. Bellingradt, J. Salman and P. Nelles (eds.), Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe. Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption (London: Palgrave, 2017).
“Aldine editions in early modern French collections” in J. Kraye and P. Sachet (eds.), The Afterlife of Aldus (London: The Warburg Institute and The Bibliographical Society, 2017).
“The Accademia Veneziana and the Myth of Aldus” in J. Kraye and P. Sachet (eds.), The Afterlife of Aldus (London: The Warburg Institute and The Bibliographical Society, 2017).
“Aldo e i suoi lettori” in T. Plebani (ed.), Aldo al Lettore (Milan: Unicopli, 2016).
“Aldo Manuzio e il Rinascimento Francese” in M. Infelise (ed.), Aldus and the Making of the Myth (Venice: Marsilio, 2016).
“Parisian Medical Dissertations, 1590-1650” in A. Pettegree (ed.), Broadsheets.  Single-sheet Publishing in the first age of Print (Leiden: Brill, 2016).
“Italian Broadsheet Ordinances in Parisian Libraries: A Case Study” in A. Pettegree (ed.), Broadsheets. Single-sheet Publishing in the first age of Print (Leiden: Brill, 2016).
“Daniele Barbaro e la Repubblica delle Lettere” in P. Caye, F. Lemerle, L. Moretti and V. Zara (ed.), Daniele Barbaro: vénitien, patricien, humanist (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016).
“Le Accademie Veneziane nel Rinascimento” in L. Moretti, Catalogue for the exhibition: Barbaro 500 (Venezia: Biblioteca Marciana, 2015).
“La circolazione libraria lungo la Loira nel Rinascimento: il caso del libro italiano” in L. Baldacchini and C. Lastraioli, Il libro e le sue reti - Le livre et ses réseaux. Proceedings of the Ravenna International Conference (Ravenna e il Rinascimento, 2015)
“Building a library across early-modern Europe. The network of Claude Expilly” in M. McLean and S. Barker (eds.), International Exchange in the European Book World (Leiden: Brill, 2015)
 “The St Andrews copy of Gaspare Contarini’s Opera” in L. Moretti (ed.), Exhibition catalogue forDaniele Barbaro (1514-70): In and Beyond the Text (St Andrews, 2014)
 “Reading the history of the Academia Venetiana through its booklists” in M. Walsby and N. Constantinidou (eds.), Documenting the Early Modern Book World: Inventories and Catalogues in Manuscript and Print (Leiden: Brill, 2013)

Academic Papers:

8 September 2016   New Digital Initiatives: Preserving the World’s Rarest Books, Digital Humanities Congress 2016, Sheffield.
26 August 2016   Strategies in print and dissemination. Matteo Bandello’s Novelle and the French marketplace of print, Channels of Communication/ Voies de Communication. French Print Networks, 1470–1600.
19 July 2016   Italian Books in French Libraries: Bibliophilie, Rarity and Survival, SHARP 2016, Paris.
30 May 2016   Translatio imperii, translatio studii. Renaissance translations of the classics between Italy and France, Renaissance in Translation, International conference, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.
21 April 2016   Il friulano Giulio Camillo. Dal computer rinascimentale alla tipografia, Public lecture. Udine, Biblioteca Civica Vincenzo Joppi (invited speaker).
19 April 2016   Big Data e piccoli progetti. Dove va la storia del libro?, Guest lecture for students of Catalogue Techniques at the University of Udine (invited speaker).
23 October 2015   (with Dr Graeme Kemp) The French Book in the Renaissance, postgraduate training seminar. Part of: “Studying Early Modern France: Archives, Texts, Images”, organised by Bram van Leuveren, St Andrews
16 October 2015   Lo Universal Short Title Catalogue e la bibliografia nell’era digitale, University of Udine, Italy (invited speaker)
15 October 2015   Aldo Manuzio, i suoi lettori e il mercato internazionale del libro, Lecture for the general public, Venice, Biblioteca Marciana (invited speaker). Part of the series of events ‘Aldo al Lettore’:
28 February 2015   Aldo e il Rinascimento francese, International Conference: Aldus Manutius and the Making of the Myth, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice (invited speaker)
6 February 2015   The Accademia Veneziana: Strategies and Failures of a Renaissance Publishing Venture, International Conference: The Afterlife of Aldus, Warburg Institute, London (invited speaker)
5 September 2014   The census of Barbaro editions: copy-specific features, International Network: Daniele Barbaro: In and Beyond the Text (invited speaker)
15 November 2013   La circolazione libraria nel bacino della Loira nella prima età moderna: il caso del libro italiano, Il libro e le sue reti - Le livre et ses réseaux, Ravenna-Tours (invited speaker)
21 June 2013   Building a library across early-modern Europe. The network of Claude Expilly, International Conference “International Exchange in the European Book World”, University of St Andrews
7 July 2011   Paolo Manuzio and the Academia Venetiana, International Conference “Documenting the Early Modern Book World: Inventories and Catalogues in Manuscript and Print”, University of St Andrews

Grant and Awards:

CAPOD funding (St Andrews) towards the organisation of the workshop: “Paper as Evidence” [St Andrews, October 2014]
Ph.D. AHRC studentship (2011-2014)
Renaissance Ph.D. studentship from School of History, University of St Andrews (2011-2012)

International Co-operations:

Participant to EDITEF – L’Edition Italienne dans l’Espace Francophone à la Première Modernité, coordinated by Chiara Lastraioli, Université F. Rabelais, Tours <>
Participant to Daniele Barbaro (1514-70): In and Beyond the Text, coordinated by Laura Moretti, University of St Andrews <>