Lotte Hellinga

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Wytze and Lotte Hellinga with their Printing Types, 1966

Lotte Hellinga, FBA (née Querido, born 1932) is a book historian and expert in early printing. She is an authority on the work of William Caxton.

Early life[edit]

Lotte Hellinga was born in 1932.[1] She studied at the University of Amsterdam under Wytze Hellinga who became her husband in 1973.[2]


Hellinga was a senior lecturer at the University of Amsterdam from 1967 to 1976, and General Secretary of the Consortium of European research libraries from 1992 to 2002.[2] Formerly she was deputy keeper of the British Library.

Hellinga was elected a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986.[3] In 1990, she was elected a fellow of the British Academy, and from 1991 to 1994, was a member of its Council.[2]

She is an expert in the work of the fifteenth-century printer William Caxton.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Fifteenth-Century Printing Types of the Low Countries, 1966. (With W. Hellinga)
  • Caxton in Focus: The Beginning of Printing in England. British Library, 1982.
  • Analytical Bibliography and the Study of Early Printed Books, Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 1989.
  • The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain. Vol. III: 1400-1557. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999. (Editor, with J. B. Trapp)
  • Catalogue of Books Printed in the XVth Century Now in the British Library, Vol 11 ("England") 2007.
  • Printing in England in the Fifteenth Century: Duff's Bibliography with supplementary descriptions &c. The Bibliographical Society, London, 2009.
  • William Caxton and Early Printing in England. British Library, London, 2010. ISBN 9780712350884
  • Texts in Transit: From Manuscript to Proof and Print in the Fifteenth Century. Brill, Leiden, 2014. ISBN 9789004277168
  • Incunabula in Transit: People and Trade. Brill, 2018.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goldfinch, John (2010). "Hellinga, Lotte (1932– ), Book historian". In Michael F. Suarez, S.J.; H. R. Woudhuysen (eds.). The Oxford Companion to the Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198606536.
  2. ^ a b c "Dr Lotte Hellinga". British Academy. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Lotte Hellinga-Querido". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017.
  4. ^ Coughlan, Sean (9 May 2017). "'Incredibly rare' William Caxton print discovered". BBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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