Cultures of collecting in the seventeenth century - Lyell lectures 2018

8 May 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.

Book-collecting is the terminology most commonly associated with the formation of private libraries and we have a broadly understood set of ideas around the concept of collecting. How valid is that mindset in a seventeenth century context? Did people value books, and think them worth owning and preserving, for the range of reasons we are familiar with today?

The last lecture will consider manuscripts as well as printed books in this context, look at physical as well as documentary evidence, think about libraries alongside museums, and draw some conclusions about the use of the c-word.


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

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