Case study

Orientalism in Louis XIV’s France

Nicholas Dew
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The commission



This commission showcases Bourchier’s ability to identify editors with relevant subject expertise. Elizabeth’s interest in early printing, especially in non-Western scripts, equipped her with the necessary background knowledge to copy-edit Nicholas Dew’s manuscript – serendipitously, she had just purchased a copy of the French Orientalist Barthélemy d’Herbelot’s Bibliothèque orientale (1697), a book discussed in the Dew manuscript in the context of printing in seventeenth-century France.

Oxford University Press

Below: Title page of Herbelot’s Bibliothèque orientale (1697), a book discussed by author Nicholas Dew in his book Orientalism in Louis XIV’s France.


‘I am lost in admiration at your meticulousness and tremendously grateful to you for so much expertise.’

Quentin Skinner
Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Queen Mary, University of London; author of another Oxford University Press publication edited by Bourchier