Dr Maureen Bell


Maureen is Honorary Reader in English Literature at the University of Birmingham. She has been a member of the Print Networks Committee for more years than she cares to remember, and is currently Treasurer. Her research on the book trades has three main themes:

  • Women as printers, booksellers, publishers and writers in the seventeenth century. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the project Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age funded by the AHRC
  • The London book trade 1640-1700

  • Provincial book trade personnel: she was Director of the British Book Trade Index from 2000 to 2015

A developing research interest is in the materiality of letter-writing across the British Empire in the period 1780-1830. Her first article on the subject, written with Elisabeth Parfitt and entitled “So wide a Gulph”: family letters across the seas in the early nineteenth century’, will appear in the December 2016 issue of Studies in Travel Writing.




A Catalogue of the Library of Titus Wheatcroft of Ashover (Derbyshire Record Society, 2008)

with D. F. McKenzie, A Chronology and Calendar of Documents relating to the London Book Trade 1641-1700, 3 vols. (Oxford: OUP, 2005)

with John Barnard, The early seventeenth-century York book trade and John Foster's inventory of 1616  (Proceedings of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society: 1994)



with Barry McKay and John Hinks, Light on the book trade: essays in honour of Peter Isaac (Oak Knoll/British Library: 2004)

with Shirley Chew, Simon Eliot, Lynette Hunter and Jim West, Re–constructing the book: literary texts in transmission (Ashgate, 2001)



with John Hinks,  ‘The Book Trade in English Provincial Towns, 1700-1849: an evaluation of evidence from the British Book Trade Index’ in Publishing History 57, 2005, pp. 53-112

with Nigel Smith,‘Andrew Marvell and the “femina periculosa” ’, Times Literary Supplement, 26 Jan. 2001, pp. 14-15

with John Barnard, ‘Provisional count of Wing titles 1641-1700', Publishing History 44 (1998), pp.89-97

'Women in the English book trade 1557-1700', Leipziger Jahrbuch zur Buchgeschichte, 6 (1996), pp.13-45



‘Women and the Production of Texts: the impact of the History of the Book’ in The Book Trade in Early Modern England, ed. J. Hinks and V. Gardner (New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll and British Library, 2014), pp. 107-131

with John Hinks, ‘The English Provincial Trade 1700-1850’ in A History of the Book in Britain vol.V , edited by M. Suarez and M. Turner (Cambridge: CUP 2009), pp. 335-352

'Booksellers without an author, 1627-1685' in Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture, ed. Gary Taylor (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp.260-85

‘Offensive Behaviour in the English Book Trade 1641-1700’ in Against the Law: Crime, sharp practice and the control of print, ed. R. Myers, M. Harris and G. Mandelbrote (New Castle Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press & British Library, 2004)

‘Women Writing, Women Written' in A History of the Book in Britain vol.IV , ed. J. Barnard and D.F. McKenzie with the assistance of M. Bell (Cambridge: CUP, 2002), pp.431-451

with John Barnard, 'The English Provinces and Wales' in A History of the Book in Britain vol.IV , edited by J. Barnard and D.F. McKenzie with the assistance of M. Bell (Cambridge: CUP, 2002), pp.665-686

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