Impressae Database

15 September 2020

Impressae is a database of KU Leuven, reconstructing the lives and work of women printers in Antwerp, Leuven and Douai during two centuries (sixteenth through seventeenth). It contains information about kinship and commercial networks, printing houses and rare books.

This database is part of the PhD project At the Sign of the Moon. Family, Women and Work in Early Modern Printing Houses (Antwerp, Leuven and Douai, 1500-1700), funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) (2016-2020).

Impressae contains linked data on more than 1 300 persons, almost 3 700 publications and more than 150 organisations.

For Douai, the database contains all printers and all of their publications until 1659. After this date, we only added women printers and their families. The first part of Impressae is a joint effort with the ICC database and includes data on authors, translators, editors, censors, eulogists, etc. These records are fully accessible.

For Antwerp and Leuven, the database contains all women printers and their families, as well as a selection of rare books. These records will become available soon.


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