Books for use and books for show - Lyell lectures 2018

26 April 2018 5.00pm 6.00pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


David Pearson, Lyell Reader in Bibliography 2017-18


Janet Walwyn | | 01865 287156


Book ownership in Stuart England

This lecture series will explore seventeenth century personal book ownership, looking not only at book acquisition patterns but also investigating motives and collecting cultures. A key theme will be the use of material evidence from books themselves to help to enhance our understanding of seventeenth-century values.
Why did people own books? To read? Although this most obvious answer to the question will often be the right one, books have been owned for a multiplicity of reasons, which may include making a statement, furnishing a room, or creating a legacy for posterity. Using various case studies and drawing on the evidence of bindings and personal markings, this lecture will focus on books beyond their textual utility, exploring the extent to which seventeenth-century owners may have used their books partly or solely as objects of display, or as projections of their wealth and status.  


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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