The intense cultural and commercial activity centred on London at the end of the seventeenth century attracted a variety of entrepreneurs. One of these was John Houghton, apothecary, commodity-broker and Fellow of the Royal Society. His interest in the overlapping spheres of business and ideas led to the publication of his most durable work the Collection for improvement of husbandry and trade (1692-1703). This weekly serial, with its mixed content of advertising and current information, will provide the focus for an investigation into the way public and private interest and the advancement of learning, could intersect in serial print.
Speaker: Michael Harris