Many 18th- and 19th century books come with lists of those who pledged to buy a copy or more. These lists are extremely valuable to understand who felt attracted to read a certain book. FactGrid would be an ideal medium to gather and aggregate such information since here we can be completely happy with information that does not begin with much more than a handful of triples on family name, given name, gender, occupation or status, place of home address and the title of the respective book.
In the happy case we will end up with far more: genealogical information, careers, ties to organisations and networks...
- Exemplary subscription list: List of subscribers to: Leben und Thaten des weisen Junkers Don Quixote von Mancha (1777).
- Example of a subscriber: Johann August Ludecus