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Dr Philip Tromans

Job: Research Fellow

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): Centre for Textual Studies

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Philip Tromans is a Research Fellow and a member of the university’s Centre for Textual Studies. He is currently writing a monograph called Advertising America based on his recent PhD on 16th-century English books about New World voyages and discoveries. His expertise encompasses the 16th-century book trade and all aspects of analytical, descriptive, historical, and textual bibliography.

Publications and outputs

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Key research outputs

Book Section: ‘The Business of Browsing in Early Modern English Bookshops’, in Shanti Grahelli (ed.), Buying and Selling. The Business of Books in Early Modern Europe, (Leiden: Brill, due 2017) 

Article: ‘The Collation of John Hawkins’s Troublesome Voyage (1569), and its Wraparound Blank’, The Library, due 2017

Article: ‘Thomas Hacket’s Publication of Books about America in the 1560s’, in The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Vol. 109, No. 1 (March 2015), pp.111-129 

Book Review: ‘Paratexts in English Printed Drama to 1642, ed. Thomas L. Berger and Sonia Massai’, Shakespeare, published online, 18/08/2015, DOI: 10.1080/17450918.2015.1053405

Book Review: ‘How to Read a Shakespearean Play text, Eugene Giddens, 2011’, Book 2.0, Issue 4.1-2, October 2014, pp.143-145

Research interests/expertise

  • The History of the Book
  • Early Modern Travel Writing
  • Analytical and Descriptive Bibliography


  • BA (Hons) English, Loughborough University 
  • MA English Renaissance Literature, University of Leeds
  • PhD, English, De Montfort University

Courses taught

ENGL3000 Dissertation

Honours and awards

De Montfort University’s Graduate School Office PhD Thesis Prize (2016)

De Montfort University’s Art, Design and Humanities Faculty PhD prize (2016)

Membership of professional associations and societies

The Hakluyt Society

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publication (SHARP)

Conference attendance

‘Inside Elizabethan Bookshops’, Retailing and Distribution before 1600, The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD), University of Wolverhampton, 15 September 2016

'Translation, Typography, Transformation’, Languages of the Book, The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) 2016 Conference, Paris, 18—21 July 2016

‘Richard Hakluyt, Editor’, Works in Progress, De Montforty University, 7 July 2016

‘Paratexts and Promotion. OR, Early Modern Advertising’, The Beginning of the Book, Bristol University, 18 March 2016

‘“Doubt not to buy this pretie Booke/ the price is not so deare”: The Business of Browsing in Early Modern Bookshops’, Buying and Selling, The St. Andrews Book Conference, University of St. Andrews, 18—20 June 2015 

‘Privateers, Print and the Page, 1587—1596’, Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies, University of Reading, 7—9 July 2014

‘Richard Hakluyt’s Divers Voyages’, The Early Modern Career, University of Birmingham, 2 May 2014

‘Richard Hakluyt’s Early Books’, Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 4—5 April 2014

‘Advertising America: Marketing Elizabethan Translations of Foreign Accounts of the New World’, Resurrecting the Book, Library of Birmingham, 15—17 November 2013

‘Trifling Pamphlets and True Reports: The Publication and Promotion of Frobisher’s Northwest Voyages’, Histfest, Lancaster University, 10—12 June 2011