Dr John Hinks

Visiting Research fellow, Birmingham City University


Research Interests

John Hinks is Chair of the Printing Historical Society, a member of the Council of the Bibliographical Society and of the Print Networks conference committee, and is the Reviews Editor of Publishing History. He is also an Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester.

His research interests focus mainly on the long eighteenth century and include:

  the history of printing and the book trade, especially trade networks, and the wealth, status and social mobility of printers

  the urban context (cultural, social, economic, civic) of printing and printers

  choice of location for printing and related businesses

  popular print culture: the production, distribution and readership of ‘street literature’ (chapbooks, ballads, broadsides, etc.)

He is also interested in urban themes in print, both text and image, especially the prints of the German Expressionists, and is planning with Leicester City Museums an event on ‘Expressionism and the City.



John Hinks and Catherine Armstrong (eds.), Text and Image in the City: Print and Manuscript Culture in British and European Towns and Cities (forthcoming, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017)

John Hinks and Catherine Feely (eds.), Historical Networks in the Book Trade, (London: Routledge, 2017)

John Hinks and Victoria Gardner (eds.), The Book Trade in Early Modern England: Practices, Perceptions, Connections (London: British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2014)

John Hinks and Matthew Day, From Compositors to Collectors: Essays in Book-Trade History (London: British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2012)


'Regency Readers: literature and life in Leamington Spa in the early nineteenth century', Warwickshire History, (forthcoming, 2018)

'Spreading the Word: bookselling and printing before 1800', History West Midlands,1 (2013), pp. 12-14.

'Richard Phillips: Pioneer of Radical Print', The Leicestershire Historian, 47 (2011), pp. 22-26.

'Networks of Print in "Radical Leicester"', The Leicestershire Historian, 46 (2010), pp. 21-26.


'Baskerville's Birmingham: printing and the English Urban Renaissance' in John Baskerville: art, industry and technology of the Enlightenment, edited by Caroline Archer and Malcolm Dick (forthcoming Liverpool University Press, 2017)

'The Book Trade in Early Modern Britain: Centres, Peripheries and Networks' in Print Culture and Peripheries in Early Modern Europe, edited by Benito Rial Costas (Brill, 2013), pp. 101-126.

24 entries for The Oxford Companion to the Book, edited by M. F. Suarez and H. R. Woudhuysen (Oxford University Press, 2010)


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