Centre for the History of the Book

CHB Annual Public Lecture: Christopher de Hamel

The Centre for the History of the Book (CHB) at the University of Edinburgh is proud to announce its 2019 Public Lecture.

The lecture will be given by Christopher de Hamel, author of 'Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts', which won the Duff Cooper Prize for 2016 and the Wolfson History Prize for 2017.

Christopher de Hamel was until recently fellow librarian of the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and is the author of numerous books on medieval manuscripts.

His lecture will be entitled: The Duc de Berry (1340-1416) as a Book Collector

The Duc de Berry is well known as the patron of some of the finest illuminated manuscripts and gothic buildings of the late Middle Ages, but the lecture will look primarily at the Duc as one of the first collectors of antiquarian books. It will consider what he bought and how it was possible to gather old books in the fourteenth century. It will compare his collecting of relics and jewels, and it will ask whether the Duc was a true bibliophile in the modern sense.

The event is free and open to all, but booking is required through Eventbrite

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About the Centre for the History of the Book

Established in 1995, the Centre for the History of the Book (CHB) promotes research into the production, circulation and reception of published material, from manuscripts to electronic texts.

Led by Professor Tom Mole, winner of the Saltire Literary Awards 2018 'Research Book of the Year' for his book 'What the Victorians Made of Romanticism', it is based in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) at the University of Edinburgh.

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The CHB Annual Public Lecture is one of a range of activities organised by the Centre to bring together staff and students interested in the history of the book as a material object, in all its forms. Previous speakers include Kathleen Jamie and Alberto Manguel.

The Centre's one-year taught masters programme, Book History and Material Culture, brings together theory and practice in new and innovative ways and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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Mar 21 2019 -

CHB Annual Public Lecture: Christopher de Hamel

The Centre for the History of the Book's 2019 Public Lecture. Join Christopher de Hamel for a talk on the Duc de Berry (1340-1416) as a Book Collector.

Lecture Theatre G.03
50 George Square