Lectures and seminars in Oxford

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The Lyell Lectures 2018

David Pearson, ‘Book Ownership in Stuart England’

The importance of books in shaping society should be considered not only by studying their content and publishing histories, but also the ways in which they have been collected and owned.  Private libraries created documentary storehouses for their time, and shaped our literary heritage by feeding institutional ones.  This lecture series will explore seventeenth-century personal book ownership from numerous angles, looking not only at book acquisition patterns but also investigating motives and collecting cultures.  While drawing on sources of all kinds, a key theme will be the use of material evidence from books themselves to help to enhance our understanding of seventeenth-century values.

I: Setting the scene: trends and patterns

II: Books for use and books for show

III: Women and books in the seventeenth century

IV: Books for the common man

V: Cultures of collecting in the seventeenth century

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 24 April to 8 May, 5 pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
All welcome. Register for tickets at  http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/whats-on  


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