About Assessing the Truth
Assessing the Truth, Correspondence and Information at the End of the Golden Age presents the results of Cook’s research on the exchange of information among seventeenth-century scholars, focusing on the rich collection of Cuper’s writings. Gisbert Cuper (1644-1716) was a renowned Dutch scholar who corresponded with scholars, collectors and librarians from all over Europe. In this publication, Cook characterises Cuper’s correspondence as a search for truth. Using telling examples such as mermaid stories, images of antique coins and drawings of exotic tribes, Cook reveals the motivation of his 17th-century predecessor. The historical practice of information exchange in the Republiek der Letteren (Republic of Letters) is related to contemporary concerns such as Open Access.
About the Publication
The text of the lecture is published by Primavera Pers. Assessing the Truth, Correspondence and Information at the End of the Golden Age can both be bought or freely downloaded. The website of the KB offers the possibility to listen to the entire lecture and to browse through the highlights of the KB’s modern manuscripts collection in an online exhibition.
About the KB Fellowship
The publication is part of the KB Fellowship, co-sponsored by NIAS and the KB – National Library of the Netherlands. It is awarded to a scholar of repute in the field of the humanities, who wishes to use the extensive collections of the KB for his research. Previous KB Fellows include Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Jonathan Israel, Lisa Jardine and Eberhard König.
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