Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Hand Bookbindings from Special Collections in the Princeton University Library
A New Online Exhibition

This online exhibition will allow viewers to closely examine historic bookbindings from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Firestone Library. "Hand Bookbindings From Special Collections in the Princeton University Library: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious" includes more than 200 books. Two major themes are illustrated. First, many of the books offer examples of the elements that make up a book's binding, such as sewing, endleaves, cover attachment, clasps and tooling. Readers learn not only what these elements are but also see specimens dating from different eras and locales. Second, numerous examples highlight historic national technical styles and "bespoke" bindings for famous collectors, as well as specialty styles such as those with fully silk-embroidered covers. Examples date from as early as the 12th century and come down to the end of the 20th. The entire show is arranged in virtual cases, represented by 26 thumbnail images on the Web site's opening page.

Access exhibition here
Pierpont Morgan Library Offers Manuscript Descriptions Online

One of the most frequently consulted resources in the Reading Room of The Pierpont Morgan Library is a set of binders containing detailed descriptions of the collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. The descriptions, compiled by several generations of curators, often contain information not available elsewhere, such as complete lists of texts and illustrations within individual manuscripts, long discursive notes on provenance, binding, etc., and lengthy bibliographies. Books and articles that have come to the curators' attention since 1989 are cited in separate bibliographies, which are updated regularly.

For many years, this documentation was accessible only in paper form. Now, as part of a six-year, three-million-dollar project to make scholarly information on all the Library's holdings freely available on the Web, users of CORSAIR, the Library's comprehensive online collections catalog, can view and print electronic versions of the descriptions and bibliographies. The material, which is linked to CORSAIR records for individual manuscripts, has been scanned and converted into PDF files to preserve the historical layers of scholarship evident in the annotations and additions.

More information available here

Monday, November 27, 2006

London Rare Books School

The University of London's Institute of English Studies announces the first London Rare Books School (LRBS), a series of four-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects. The courses will be taught by internationally-known scholars associated with the Institute's Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London, including the British Library, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the University of London Research Library Services, and many more. All courses will stress the materiality of the book so you can expect to have close encounters with remarkable books from some of the world's greatest collections. Each class will be restricted to no more twelve students in order to ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunity to talk to the teachers and to get very close to the books.

In its first year the LRBS will be running in just one week: 23-26 July 2007. The courses (note that the titles themselves are provisional) that are currently planned for 2007 are:

1 The Medieval Book (Course Tutor: Professor Michelle Brown)

2 A History of Bookbinding (Course Tutor: Professor Nicholas Pickwoad)

3 A History of Writing 2000BC-2000AD (Various tutors)

4 The Italian Book to 1600 (Course Tutor: Professor Jane Everson)

5 The History of the Printed Book in the West 1455-2000 (Course Tutor: Professor John Feather)

Application forms will be available in the next month or two but you are invited to register your interest in a course or courses now (given the likely demand you would be well-advised to list a second choice). Those who register now will be the first to receive application forms. You can register your interest in LRBS by emailing your name and address (with an indication of preferred courses) to

Further details available here
The Hooke Folio

In May 2006 a long lost manuscript of the papers of Robert Hooke was returned to the archive of the Royal Society. Lisa Jardine played a significant role in the recovery of the folio, which she described as 'an absolute treasure trove of new information about the day to day activities of the early scientific establishment'. The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) will be working with the Royal Society on the digitization and analysis of the folio. Two PhD students, funded by the Royal Society and Queen Mary, are currently working on a full transcript and Robyn Adams has been seconded part time to act as a conduit between the archive and the academic community. Lisa Jardine and Robyn Adams will present a seminar on Robert Hooke: the archival tragedy of dying intestate at the Royal Society on Friday 8th December.

More information, including a downloadable PDF file of "The Return of the Hooke Folio" by Lisa Jardine and Robyn Adams, Notes and Records of the Royal Society (2006), 60, 235-39, is available here.

A.H.R.C. Centre for Editing Lives and Letters

Masters Degree Program in Research (MRes):
Editing Lives and Letters, 1500-1800

The Masters in Research 'Editing Lives and Letters 1500-1800' provides a research qualification unique in the United Kingdom. It has been designed for students with an interest in archival research, critical editing, life-writing and intellectual histories. The central aim of the programme is to train students in the skills they require to pursue these interests. The compulsory core course provides the skills required for archival research in manuscript and early modern print production. The course is taught by seminars, workshops and field trips to relevant institutions including the Plantin-Moretus Print Museum in Antwerp. A Latin class enables even beginners to become sufficiently familiar with Latin primers and dictionaries to be able to make ad hoc translations of Latin phrases, sentences and short texts. Students are also trained in IT to ensure that they have access to the full range of resources needed for modern scholarship. Modular courses on a range of topics, including life writing and early modern reading, encourage students to use these skills intellectually and creatively, as does the disseration.

More details available here
Shakespeare Survey, Volume 59

John Jowett, Edward Pechter, Stanley Wells, Patricia Parker, Tom Rooney, MacDonald P. Jackson, Ron Tumelson, Andrew Gurr, Tom Lockwood, Júlia Paraizs, Jeanne Addison Roberts, Cary DiPietro, Bernice Kliman, Christie Carson, Alan C. Dessen, Balz Engler, Elizabeth Schafer, Suzanne Gossett, Ronald Gray, Ruth Morse, Brandon S. Centerwall, Jonathan Holmes, Michael Dobson, James Shaw, Michael Taylor, Emma Smith, Eric Rasmussen

Details available here
New Cambridge Shakespeare
Forthcoming Titles, 2007

The First Quarto of Romeo and Juliet, ed. Lukas Erne
details here

The Winter's Tale, ed. Susan Snyder and Deborah Curren-Aquino
details here
Forthcoming from MRTS

Natale Conti's Mythologiae, translated and annotated by John Mulryan and Steven Brown

Natale Conti's Mythologiae is the first complete, fully annotated English translation of the most important mythography published during the Renaissance. Conti's huge work (over one thousand pages in the original texts) appeared in twenty-seven editions during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and was the most popular handbook of myth for the entire period. Conti provides a comprehensive coverage of the vast range of Greek and Roman myth, and subjects each myth to a tripartite analysis of its historical, "scientific", and ethical foundations. Translated into idiomatic english from the Frankfurt 1581 edition, the text is immediately accessible to scholars, students, and the general public.

Expected December 22, 2006

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico
An Exhibition at the Newberry Library, Chicago
September 28, 2006 - January 13, 2007

The story of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec (Nahua) empire in 1521 is well known. Yet today in Mexico, there are 1.5 million native speakers of Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. How did the indigenous population preserve their language, culture, identity, and history? Drawing upon the Newberry Library’s extraordinary colonial Mexican materials, The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico uses an awe-inspiring array of religious, historical, and legal documents produced by, for, and about the Nahua to posit answers to this question.

Informative and often highly decorative maps, manuscripts, and printed books tell us profound stories about the interaction and intersection of Spanish and Aztec cultures. They speak eloquently, and beautifully, of the richness and vigor of indigenous creativity and intellectual production in the colonial period and highlight the dynamic vitality and resilience of the Nahua descendants of the Aztecs throughout the colonial period and beyond.

More information available here

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The American Printing History Association
2007 Fellowship Program
Deadline: 8 December, 2006

The American Printing History Association (APHA) is pleased to announce a fellowship award for the study of printing history. For 2007, an award of up to $2,000 is available for research in any area of the history of printing in any form, including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, the book arts, and letter forms. Applications are especially welcome from those working in the area of American printing history, but the subject of research has no geographical or chronological limitations, and may be national or regional in scope, biographical, analytical, technical, or bibliographical in nature. Study related to the history of printing with a recognized printer or book artist may also be supported. The fellowship can be used to pay for travel, living, and other expenses.

Details available here

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Call for Papers
Anti-Popery: The Trans-Atlantic Experience, c.1530-1850
Philadelphia, September 2008

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, in cooperation with the School of Arts and Sciences of The Catholic University of America, will hold a conference in Philadelphia September 18-20, 2008, on the uses of anti-popery in the early modern world. Antagonism towards the pope and his co-religionists was nearly universal in the Protestant societies of Europe and colonial America. In recent years historians on both sides of the Atlantic have begun to realize that anti-Catholic fears represented more than blind prejudice or ignorance. Instead, anti-popery was a powerful set of ideas that early modern Europeans used to understand their world and their place in history. This conference will explore the diverse uses of anti-popery in the Protestant Atlantic – whether religious, social, legal, economic, or political – from the time of the Reformation to the era of massive Catholic migration to America in the mid-nineteenth century.

We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of anti-popery in Europe or the Americas from approximately 1530–1850. Presenters will be expected to complete a 20-30 page essay by the end of May 2008, for pre-conference circulation among registered attendees. We welcome submissions from advanced graduate students as well as more senior scholars. Support for travel expenses will be available.

To apply, please send a 500-word synopsis of your proposal along with a short c.v. to Anti-Popery Conference, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531, or e-mail to by September 15, 2007.

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

The McNeil Center offers several pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships each year for a term of nine months, beginning 1 September. Advanced graduate students from any PhD-granting institution who are in the dissertation research or writing stage are eligible to compete for these fellowships, which are open to scholars in any discipline for projects focusing on North America and the Caribbean before 1850. Proposals reliant on research in Philadelphia-area archives and libraries are espcially welcome. The application deadline for fellowships beginning in the fall of 2007 will be 1 March 2007. The Center also offers a limited number of postdoctoral fellowships. The application deadline for fellowships beginning in 2007 is 1 November 2007. In addition, the McNeil Center annually appoints a number of non-stipendiary Research Associates. This service is offered to qualified scholars—at either the pre- or post-doctoral level—visiting Philadelphia for two months or longer who wish to join our activities and are capable of providing their own financial support. Research Associates are provided with access to the University of Pennsylvania libraries and, when space permits, office facilities at the Center.

More information on all of these programs available here

Monday, November 20, 2006

Books on the Move: Tracking Copies Through Collections and the Book Trade
The Annual Conference on Book-Trade History 2006
1-2 December, 2006
Wesley's Chapel, City Road, London

This year’s annual conference on book trade history will trace individual copies and their movement in and out of collections and across international frontiers, exploring aspects of the history of provenance and book ownership.

Details available through ABA's website
The 40th California International Antiquarian Book Fair
16-18 February, 2007
Concourse Exhibition Center
635 8th Street
San Francisco, CA

Over 200 rare booksellers from the United States and around the world will be participating at the country's largest antiquarian book fair. Book lovers and collectors can find the world's finest stocks of rare and antiquarian books, manuscripts and related materials priced from a few dollars to hundreds of thousands. The selection available includes early printed books and manuscripts, illustrated books, fine bindings, early American and European literature, modern first editions, children's books, maps, ephemera, and antiquarian books on history, science, law, architecture, economics, gastronomy, and scores of other fields.

website here

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Taking Possession: Imperial Encounters and Re-encounters with Native Meso-America
An Exhibition at Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
15 September - 21 December, 2006

An exhibition of Yale's resources for the study of 16th-century encounters among Europeans and the indigenous peoples of Meso-America and of the early 19th-century re-emergence among European and North American writers of an interest in understanding the culture and history of Aztec, Olmec, and Mayan communities. The exhibition features the Codex Reese, a mid-16th-century manuscript map of the Valley of Mexico that incorporates Nahuatl and Spanish elements. [ca. 150 items]

More information here

UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
Fellowships Available for 2007-08
Deadline: 1 February 2007

Ahmanson-Getty Fellowships
Short-Term Fellowships
ASECS-Clark Fellowships
Kanner Fellowships in British Studies
Clark-Huntington Bibliographical Fellowships

Details available here

Friday, November 17, 2006

Shakespeare's Worlds in Maps
An Exhibition at the Clements Library, University of Michigan
October 2 - December 22, 2006

The printed cartography of William Shakespeare's lifetime (1564-1616) is the subject of "Shakespeare's Worlds in Maps", a new exhibit at the William L. Clements Library. The exhibit, which will run until December 22, recognizes the visit to the University of Michigan of the Royal Shakespeare Company for performances of Anthony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest. The informal display includes examples of maps of the world, the British Isles, the classical world, and the Americas, produced between 1486 and the early 1600s and all drawn from the library’s rich cartographic collection.

More details here

Thursday, November 16, 2006

History of the Book, 1450-1800
A seminar at All Souls College, Oxford University
Fridays, 2:15 p.m., in the Wharton Room
Convenor: Ian Maclean

Details for 2007 available on HoBo
(just click on "Stop Press!")

The Sandars Lecture, 2007
Sarah Tyacke
"Conversations with Maps: World Views in Early Modern Europe"
Cambridge University
University Library
5, 6, and 8 March, 2007
5:00 p.m.

Details available here

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Codices, Chimpanzees, and Curanderas: From the Field to the Shelf
An Exhibition at Tozzer Library, Harvard University
September 28, 2006 - March 31, 2007

Tozzer Library reached a milestone in its 140-year history last month with the acquisition of the quarter-millionth volume to its collection of anthropology, archaeology, and ethnology materials: Neu-Eröffnetes Amphi-Theatrum (1723). To mark the occasion, the library is hosting Codices, Chimpanzees, and Curanderas: From the Field to the Shelf, an exhibition to celebrate the literature of anthropology and to display Tozzer’s newest book.

More information available here

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies presents
Georgianna Ziegler, "Introducting Shakespeare: The Earliest Versions for Children"
Friday, December 1
The Woodrow Wilson Room (LJ-113)
Jefferson Building
Library of Congress

ABSTRACT: Most histories of Shakespeare for children begin with the Lambs' Tales in 1807, but in fact, bibliographic evidence shows that Shakespeare figured in juvenile literature as far back as the early eighteenth century, and appeared in a variety of formats, from chapbooks, paper dolls, and toy theaters to the more formal "tales" of Perrin and the Lambs. The talk sets these within the framework of early thinking about the ways children learn by such writers as John Locke, Mary Wollstonecraft, and the Edgeworths.

For more information, consult the Washington Area for Print Culture Studies website
Bibliographical Society of America Nominations

In January 2007 BSA will elect the council class of 2010. Four council members will be elected, each to a three-year term (2007-2010). Please make nominations by e-mail, fax, or post by November 1 to:

Christian Yves Dupont
Chair, BSA Nominating Committee
c/o Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400110
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4110

Telephone: (434) 243-2095
fax: (434) 924-4968

"'Get a pen that writes fuller, sweet husband': Manuscript Textuality and Editorial Process"
A Talk by M. J. Kidnie at the Universite de Montreal
Friday, November 24
4 p.m.
(Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, Rm. C-8111)

ABSTRACT: Despite important contributions by W. W. Greg, William B. Long, Paul Werstine, and, most recently, Grace Ioppolo, early modern manuscript drama remains a neglected field. This paper will explore the various ways in which manuscript texts, with their marginalia, multiple hands and inks, and interlined revisions, inscribe the material conditions—and the sometimes mutually inconsistent stages—of textual-theatrical production. Focusing on the texts of The Humorous Magistrate, a Caroline drama attributed to John Newdigate III, the paper will show how editorial and theoretical issues of revision, authority, and manuscript circulation can combine to make it impossible to establish any ready identification of a work with text or document, or with authorial intention. (This manuscript play is the subject of a major international collaborative research project supported by SSHRC.

Monday, November 13, 2006

The Spectator Project
A Hypermedia Research Archive of Eighteenth-Century Periodicals

The Spectator Project is an interactive hypermedia environment for the study of The Tatler (1709-1711), The Spectator (1711-14), and the eighteenth-century periodical in general. The most innovative feature of the project developed out of the object of study itself. The format, style, and even the content of The Tatler and the Spectator were immediately and closely imitated in hundreds of periodicals in Europe and the Americas. The Spectator Project will allow users to compare imitated and imitating formats and passages of text through the means of hyperlinks. A footnote will appear, for example, in the text of Marivaux's Le Spectateur français or Eliza Haywood's The Female Spectator, and the user will click on it to bring up the passage in the Spectator that it derives from. While there are editions of eighteenth-century periodicals on-line and in CD-ROM format, none have linked multiple periodicals together for the purpose of studying their complex interrelation. While many scholarly web projects simply make their material more widely available--in itself, a laudable goal--this feature makes our project an interpretive editorial apparatus, and one which is based on the special capabilities of the digital environment.

Visit the Spectator Project Homepage here
The Rare Books & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the University’s principal repository of rare books and early manuscripts, literary manuscripts, and special collections. With the summer of 2006, the Library began offering three Velde Visting Scholar awards to researchers wishing to make extensive use of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library's collections. The research strengths of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library are manifold, from medieval to early modern studies, with particular strengths in early printing and printing history, Elizabethan life and letters, John Milton and his age, emblem studies, economic history, works on early science and natural history, and the papers of modern literary figures such as Carl Sandburg, H.G. Wells, William Maxwell, and W.S. Merwin.

The John "Bud" Velde awards are given to facilitate a period of intense individual study - usually one month - on an uninterrupted basis in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The program is open to all active scholars from graduate students to retired professors. The awards are designed for scholars outside the region in order to help defray the costs of travel and living expenses.

Applications for the 2007-08 awards will be accepted in Spring 2007.
For more details, click here

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Call for Papers
Using Digital Archives in the Classroom
A panel to be presented at the 2007 SHARP conference in Minneapolis, July 11-15

There has been a proliferation of digital scholarly projects published as open-access resources, i.e., freely available on the Web. For example, the Poetess Archive , Walt Whitman Archive, the Rossetti Archive, and the Emblem Project Utrecht. These projects involve digitizing, standardizing presentation and offering search capabilities of printed literary materials. Essentially, scholars and students can discover or create relationships among the literary documents that would have been impossible to create (or at the very least, overwhelmingly time consuming) through printed facsimiles or archival work. However, these digital resources beg the question: How are they being used by scholars and college students?

For this panel, we will explore the use of these open-access projects, as envisioned by the project's creators or as actually used by faculty outside of the project. Discussion of digital projects from any literary historical period or literary genre are welcome. Actual assignments and exercises will also be useful. Though theorizing digital humanities is useful for part of the panel's discussion, it will not dominate. Proposals discussing pedagogical uses of social spaces on the Web are also welcome, e.g., Wikipedia or MySpace.

Along with your proposal, please include a brief biographical statement as well any requirements for AV equipment. Please submit emailed proposals (of 300 words) by November 20, 2006 to Katherine D. Harris, San Jose State University at

Deadline: November 20 (extended from October 20)

University of Reading
The Stenton Lecture, 2006

Professor Andrew Pettegree (St. Andrews)
"The Growth of the Provincial Press in 16th-Century Europe"

6 p.m. Thursday 23 November
Palmer Building 109
Book History at Texas A&M
History of Books and Printing Workshop

Check regularly for details about the next workshop in the History of Books and Printing at the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University.
(link here)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Printing in England: The First 25 Years
A One-Day Conference at the British Library (Dec. 11, 2006)

The British Library announces the forthcoming publication (by Hes & De Graaf Publishers of the Netherlands) of the latest volume, describing output of the first English printing-houses, in a series of catalogues of the Library's incunabula that began in 1908.

On Monday 11 December 2006, the British Library will hold a conference to celebrate the new catalogue, which has been edited and compiled by Lotte Hellinga with contributions from Paul Needham, Margaret Nickson and John Goldfinch. It contains full descriptions of the Library's collection of English incunabula and includes an extensive Introduction describing in detail the arrival of printing in England and its early development, with sections on the printers, their technique, the texts and their readers, typography, paper, early owners and the development of the Library's collection. The conference will aim to define the ways in which the new catalogue can be used as a starting block for new explorations in the history of printing in England.

More information, including draft schedule, here

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Bibliographical Society of America Fellowships 2007
Deadline: 1 December, 2006

The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) invites applications for its annual short-term fellowship program, which supports bibliographical inquiry as well as research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence. Such topics may include establishing a text or studying the history of book production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading.

More information here

Folger Institute, 2006-2007 Program

Paleography Refresher Course
Heather Wolfe

This six-week, skills-course refresher is designed to provide a review of English secretary and italic handwriting. It will also provide participants with an opportunity to explore further the manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library, including correspondence, literary works, accounts, inventories, miscellanies, commonplace books, wills, and deeds. Applicants should describe their previous training, including introductory level courses or self-directed work in the archives. They should also describe the documents or classes of manuscript materials with which they are currently working and the nature of their research projects. Participants’ own materials, approaches, and bibliographical and editorial challenges will help shape the course, as participants will introduce their materials to others in the course. In addition to the standard award of one night of lodging per session, the application review committee will award an additional two nights' lodging to funded participants who could profitably extend their time with the collections.

A Sense of the Archive
Spring Semester Seminar for Master's Students
Kristen Poole

This seminar will introduce Master's-level students to the Folger's collections through an exploration of the early modern sensory world. Students will plumb the Library's materials in an attempt to reconstruct how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century men and women heard, smelled, tasted, saw, and experienced touch. How, for example, did people perceive cold? Or experience the introduction of tobacco? How did the early modern experience and perception of the environment differ from our own? To what extent can archival work even answer these questions? While the seminar will be guided by readings in current scholarship, the primary aim is for students to encounter a broad sampling of genres, such as cookbooks, travel narratives, chorographies, natural histories, urban surveys, theater documents, and demonological tracts. The seminar will introduce students to tools for archival research and will encourage the development of individual research interests.

For more information about these and other programs, click here.

Monday, November 06, 2006

CELM Seminars in Early Modern English Manuscript Studies
Institute of English Studies
University of London

The forthcoming autumn term sees the launch of a new regular series of seminars introduced by Dr Peter Beal, Senior Research Fellow, in association with the AHRC-funded CELM (Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700) database project at the Institute of English Studies. The seminars, generally three per term, will allow distinguished invited speakers to discuss aspects of manuscript or archival research in connection with chosen subjects of special interest. They will thus contribute to a growing body of scholarship in an area of early modern cultural studies, whose potential – in relation to literary, textual, palaeographical, bibliographical and historical research -- has been increasingly recognised through a number of major pioneering projects in the past three decades.

Click here for full program

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Renaissance in Print
16th-Century French Books in the Douglas Gordon Collection

The University of Virginia Library and the University of Virginia French Department are pleased to announce an expansion of the Renaissance in Print (Gordon Project), made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Hunamities and continued support from the Florence Gould Foundation. Digital facsimiles of 16th-century French books in the Douglas Gordon Collection are available on this site.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Benjamin Franklin: Writer and Printer
An Exhibition at the Library Company of Philadelphia
May 16 - December 22, 2006

At the time of his death, Franklin was well known around the world as a scientist and a diplomat; however, he chose to be remembered as simply “Benjamin Franklin, Printer.” Ironically, his success as a printer and writer has been a comparatively overlooked aspect of his life, until now. The exhibition Benjamin Franklin, Writer and Printer takes a fresh, even surprising look at Franklin’s dual relationship to the book as printer and author. The centerpiece of the Library Company’s 275th Anniversary celebration, the exhibition is curated by Librarian James Green and University of Pennsylvania English Professor Peter Stallybrass.

More information here
Edward Petcher
Crisis in Editing? Crisis in the Humanities?

A Public lecture presented jointly by the Department of English at McGill University and the Department of English at Concordia University

Monday, November 13, 3:30 p.m.
The Wendy Patrick Room
Wilson Hall
McGill University
Material Cultures and the History of the Book
A new interdisciplinary postgraduate degree offered by the University of Edinburgh's Centre for the History of the Book

The University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce the launch, in September 2007, of a new one year taught postgraduate degree. Distinctive for its integration of traditional bibliography, special collections training, and advanced theoretical approaches, "Material Cultures and the History of the Book" brings together theory and practice in new and innovative ways. Combining the study of cultural history, intensive archival research, and the latest intellectual developments, the postgraduate programme is taught across several departments by leading international experts in the field.

Download program leaflet here

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Visit Hobo regularly for comprehensive coverage of all UK seminars, lectures and conferences related to the history of the book.
Tenure-Track Position in Early American Print Culture

Assistant Professor, Early American. Principal interest:
early American print culture (including book history) with
subfield emphasis on, for example, Black Atlantic culture
or gender studies. Tenure-line, Fall 2007. Ph.D. required
and well-placed articles (with book, preferred). 2/2 teaching
assignment; one graduate course per year. Competitive

Letter and vita only by November 10 to Kathleen Yancey,
Chair, English Department, Florida State University,
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580. Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action employer, committed to diversity in hiring. A Public
Records Agency.

Visit the Florida State University English Department here
The Reformation of the Book, 1450-1750
18 June - 20 July, 2007

John N. King and James K. Bracken of The Ohio State University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on continuity and change in the production, dissemination, and reading of Western European books during the 250 years following the advent of printing with movable type. In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the Protestant Reformation. This seminar will also explore the related problem of whether the impact of printing was revolutionary or evolutionary. Employing key methods of the still-emerging interdisciplinary field of the History of the Book, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the Renaissance and/or Reformation, the History of the Book, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including would-be rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.

For more information, click here