Dr Matthew Day

rEADer in early modern literature and print culture, newman university

Research Interests

Matthew's research focuses on the materiality of the text, on manuscript and print culture, and the reception history of early modern texts, particularly travel literature. He has specific research interests in textual production in the early modern period - especially paratextuality, the transition from manuscript to print, and book-bindings. He is working on a reception history of Richard Hakluyt's Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation (1598-1600) and is co-editing volume 9 of the Oxford University Press edition of Hakluyt's work.



with John Hinks, From Compositors to Collectors: Essays in the Book Trade (London: British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2012)


Travelling in New Formes: Reissued and Reprinted Travel Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century' in Mémoires du livre’, Studies in Book Culture 4:2, (2013), online publication.


‘Western Travel Writing c.1450-1750’ in Thompson, C. (ed.) Routledge Companion to Travel Writing (London: Routledge, 2015)

 The Roots of Empire: Early Modern Travel Collections and International Politics in the Long Eighteenth Century’, in Farr, M. and Guégan, X. (eds) The British Abroad: Experiencing Imperialism: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives of the British Abroad since the Eighteenth Century, 2 vols, II, (2013): 1-20.

 ‘“Honour to our Nation”: Nationalism, The Principal Navigations and Travel Collections in the Long Eighteenth Century’, in Jowitt, C. and Carey, D. (eds.) Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe London (Ashgate, 2012): pp. 77-86.

 ‘“Generally very tedious, often trifling”: Promoting Eighteenth Century Travel Collections', in Day, M. and Hinks, J. (eds) From Compositors to Collectors: Essays in the Book Trade (London: British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2012): pp. 18-34.


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