Historians have few sources for documenting book sales in the first age of print. One of the only surviving sources for uncovering the day-to-day sales of books in England in the early 16th century is the ledger of the Oxford bookseller John Donre. It is completely unique in providing us with insights into the comings and goings of a provincial bookshop in the 1520s.
This project aims to work with the 19th century transcription of the day-book provided by Frederick Madden. Converting this text to something that can be visualised and to experiment of ways of re-inventing Maddens careful transcription for a 21st century audience.
The project will unfold over a series of tutorials post in the visualisinghistory.org blog. The dataset that will be created will be released at the conclusion of this project so others can build their own visualisations or utilise it in their own research.