Dr Philip Tromans

Independent Scholar

Research Interests

Philip is interested in the production, promotion and retailing of printed books during the early modern period, especially the making and marketing of English travel and colonial books. His PhD research brought the principles of descriptive and analytical bibliography to bear on the study of sixteenth-century English books about the New World, as well as charting the development of the market for the same publications. Philip is also interested in the early modern English bookshop as a physical, commercial and cultural space.



‘The Collation of John Hawkins’s Troublesome Voyage (1569), and its Wraparound Blank’, The Library, forthcoming, 2017

‘Thomas Hacket’s Publication of Books about America in the 1560s’, in The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Vol. 109, No. 1 (March 2015), pp.111-129


‘The Business of Browsing in Early Modern English Bookshops’, in Buying and Selling. The Business of Books in Early Modern Europe, edited by Shanti Graheli, (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming, 2017)