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Prof Mark Towsey MA (Hons), MLitt, PhD, FRHistS

Professor of the History of the Book History

    Publications

    Selected Publications

    1. Reading History in Britain and America, c.1750–c.1840 (Book - 2019)
    2. Before the Public Library: Reading, Community and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850 (Book - 2017)
    3. ‘Store their Minds with Much Valuable Knowledge’: Agricultural Improvement at the Selkirk Subscription Library, 1799-1814 (Journal article - 2015)
    4. 'I can't resist sending you the book': Private Libraries, Elite Women, and Shared Reading Practices in Georgian Scotland (Journal article - 2013)
    5. Reading the Scottish Enlightenment: Books and their Readers in Provincial Scotland 1750-1820 (Book - 2010)

    2019

    Reading History in Britain and America, c.1750–c.1840 (Book)

    Towsey, M. (2019). Reading History in Britain and America, c.1750–c.1840. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108591072

    DOI: 10.1017/9781108591072

    History, Politics and the Separate Spheres: Women’s Reading in Eighteenth-Century Britain and America (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2019). History, Politics and the Separate Spheres: Women’s Reading in Eighteenth-Century Britain and America. In J. Rose, & M. Hammond (Eds.), THE EDINBURGH HISTORY OF READING: A WORLD SURVEY FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

    2017

    Before the Public Library: Reading, Community and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850 (Book)

    Towsey, M. R. M., & Roberts, K. B. (Eds.) (2017). Before the Public Library: Reading, Community and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850. Leiden: Brill.

    2016

    Book Use and Sociability in Lost Libraries of the Eighteenth Century: Towards a Union Catalogue (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. (2016). Book Use and Sociability in Lost Libraries of the Eighteenth Century: Towards a Union Catalogue. In Lost Books. BRILL. doi:10.1163/9789004311824_021

    DOI: 10.1163/9789004311824_021

    2015

    ‘Store their Minds with Much Valuable Knowledge’: Agricultural Improvement at the Selkirk Subscription Library, 1799-1814 (Journal article)

    Towsey, M. (2015). ‘Store their Minds with Much Valuable Knowledge’: Agricultural Improvement at the Selkirk Subscription Library, 1799-1814. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 38(4), 569-584. doi:10.1111/1754-0208.12349

    DOI: 10.1111/1754-0208.12349

    Knowledge is Power: Libraries in Liverpool, 1758-1860 (Exhibition)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2015, November 20). Knowledge is Power: Libraries in Liverpool, 1758-1860 [Exhibition]. Victoria Gallery & Museum.

    Women as readers and writers (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. (2015). Women as readers and writers. In The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in Britain, 1660–1789 (pp. 21-36). Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/cbo9781139003810.003

    DOI: 10.1017/cbo9781139003810.003

    2013

    'I can't resist sending you the book': Private Libraries, Elite Women, and Shared Reading Practices in Georgian Scotland (Journal article)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2013). 'I can't resist sending you the book': Private Libraries, Elite Women, and Shared Reading Practices in Georgian Scotland. Library and Information History, 29(3), 210-222.

    Book Review: The History of Reading, Volume 1: International Perspectives, c.1500-1990 (Journal article)

    Towheed, S., & Owens, W. R. (2013). Book Review: The History of Reading, Volume 1: International Perspectives, c.1500-1990. Library & Information History, 28(2), 159-160.

    Reading in the American Enlightenment (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2013). Reading in the American Enlightenment. In M. G. Spencer (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of the American Enlightenment (pp. 1,576 words). London and New York: Continuum.

    “The book seemed to sink into oblivion”: Reading hume’s history in eighteenth-century scotland (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. (2013). “The book seemed to sink into oblivion”: Reading hume’s history in eighteenth-century scotland. In David Hume: Historical Thinker, Historical Writer (pp. 81-102).

    2012

    Book Review: Libraries and the Enlightenment (Journal article)

    Bivens-Tatum, W. (2012). Book Review: Libraries and the Enlightenment. Library and Information History, 29(2), *.

    Imprisoned Reading: French Prisoners of War at the Selkirk Subscription Library, 1811–1814 (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. (n.d.). Imprisoned Reading: French Prisoners of War at the Selkirk Subscription Library, 1811–1814. In Civilians and War in Europe, 1618–1815 (pp. 241-261). Liverpool University Press. doi:10.5949/upo9781846317699.016

    DOI: 10.5949/upo9781846317699.016

    2011

    Publishing the enlightenment: Reading the Scottish enlightenment (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. (2011). Publishing the enlightenment: Reading the Scottish enlightenment. In The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland (Vol. 2, pp. 421-434).

    Publishing the enlightenment: The 'age of criticism' and the critical reader: George Ridpath (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. (2011). Publishing the enlightenment: The 'age of criticism' and the critical reader: George Ridpath. In The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland (Vol. 2, pp. 435-437).

    Publishing the enlightenment: Women's reading (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. (2011). Publishing the enlightenment: Women's reading. In The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland (Vol. 2, pp. 438-446).

    The History of Reading, Volume 2 (Chapter)

    The History of Reading, Volume 2 (2011). Palgrave Macmillan UK. doi:10.1057/9780230316799

    DOI: 10.1057/9780230316799

    '"The Talent hid in a Napkin": Castle Libraries in Scotland, 1770-1830' (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2011). '"The Talent hid in a Napkin": Castle Libraries in Scotland, 1770-1830'. In K. Halsey, & W. R. Owens (Eds.), The History of Reading, Vol.2: Evidence from the British Isles, c.1750-1950 (pp. 15-31). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Reading the Scottish Enlightenment (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2011). Reading the Scottish Enlightenment. In W. McDougall, & S. W. Brown (Eds.), The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland Volume II: 1707-1800 (pp. 421-434). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

    Review Article: An Empire of Print (Journal article)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2011). Review Article: An Empire of Print. Historical Journal, 54(4), 1169-1184.

    The Critical Reader (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2011). The Critical Reader. In W. McDougall, & S. W. Brown (Eds.), The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland Volume II: 1707-1800 (pp. 435-437). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

    Women Readers (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2011). Women Readers. In W. McDougall, & S. W. Brown (Eds.), The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland Volume II: 1707-1800 (pp. 438-446). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

    “OBSERVE HER HEEDFULLY”: ELIZABETH ROSE ON WOMEN WRITERS (Journal article)

    Towsey, M. (2011). “OBSERVE HER HEEDFULLY”: ELIZABETH ROSE ON WOMEN WRITERS. Women's Writing, 18(1), 15-33. doi:10.1080/09699082.2011.525006

    DOI: 10.1080/09699082.2011.525006

    2010

    ‘Philosophically playing the Devil’: recovering readers’ responses to David Hume and the Scottish Enlightenment (Journal article)

    Towsey, M. (2010). ‘Philosophically playing the Devil’: recovering readers’ responses to David Hume and the Scottish Enlightenment. Historical Research, 83(220), 301-320. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2281.2009.00503.x

    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2281.2009.00503.x

    'Exporting the Scottish Enlightenment: the Reading Experiences of a Colonial Governor's Wife' (Chapter)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2010). 'Exporting the Scottish Enlightenment: the Reading Experiences of a Colonial Governor's Wife'. In M. Landi (Ed.), L'Ecosse et ses doubles: ancien monde, nouveau monde (pp. 107-128). Paris: L'Harmattan.

    Reading the Scottish Enlightenment: Books and their Readers in Provincial Scotland 1750-1820 (Book)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2010). Reading the Scottish Enlightenment: Books and their Readers in Provincial Scotland 1750-1820. Leiden and Boston: Brill. Retrieved from http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=210&pid=34294

    Reading the Scottish enlightenment (Book)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2010). Reading the Scottish enlightenment (Vol. 10).

    2009

    First Steps in Associational Reading: The Foundation and Early Use of the Wigtown Subscription Library, 1790-1815 (Journal article)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2009). First Steps in Associational Reading: The Foundation and Early Use of the Wigtown Subscription Library, 1790-1815. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 103(4), 455-495.

    2008

    'All the Partners may be Enlightened and Improved by Reading Them: The Distribution of Enlightenment Books in Scottish Subscription Library Catalogues, 1750-c.1820' (Journal article)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2008). 'All the Partners may be Enlightened and Improved by Reading Them: The Distribution of Enlightenment Books in Scottish Subscription Library Catalogues, 1750-c.1820'. Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 28, 20-43.

    'Patron of Infidelity: Scottish Readers Respond to David Hume, c.1750-c.1820' (Journal article)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2008). 'Patron of Infidelity: Scottish Readers Respond to David Hume, c.1750-c.1820'. Book History, 11, 89-123.

    2007

    'An Infant Son to Truth Engage: Virtue, Responsibility and Self-Improvement in the Reading of Elizabeth Rose of Kilravock, 1747-1815' (Journal article)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2007). 'An Infant Son to Truth Engage: Virtue, Responsibility and Self-Improvement in the Reading of Elizabeth Rose of Kilravock, 1747-1815'. Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 2, 69-92.

    'Reading the Scottish Enlightenment: Libraries, Readers and Intellectual Culture in Provincial Scotland c.1750-c.1820' (Thesis / Dissertation)

    Towsey, M. R. M. (2007). 'Reading the Scottish Enlightenment: Libraries, Readers and Intellectual Culture in Provincial Scotland c.1750-c.1820'. (PhD Thesis, University of St Andrews).