Monthly Lecture Programme

Session 2012 - 2013

Monthly lecture programme :

Annual General Meeting

The Graham Pollard Memorial Lecture

The Homee and Phiroze Randeria Lecture

The Panizzi Lectures

Summer Visit


Programme for earlier years

Programme for the session 2012 - 2013


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at 5.30pm at at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE. Members may bring guests, but they may not vote in any motion that may be put to the AGM. 

Since The Society of Antiquaries will be the new home for the Bibliographical Society’s monthly lectures, beginning in November 2012, the Annual General Meeting will provide an opportunity for members to familiarise themselves with the premises. The AGM will not be preceded by tea, but refreshments will be served after the meeting.

At the close of business, Heather Rowland, Head of Library and Collections, will introduce the collections and show some of their highlights.



20 November 2012
PAOLO SACHET: 'An Aldine ghost story'. This paper will discuss some bibliographical issues in A. A. Renouard's Annales de l'imprimerie des Alde (1803-1834).

18 December 2012
ELIZABETH UPPER: 'Colour Printmaking in Tudor Books'. This paper will discuss a widespread but previously undescribed technique for printing pictures in two colours in early modern European books, with a focus on sixteenth-century English woodcuts.

15 January 2013
DAVID SHAW: ‘Theodoor Poelman: a sixteenth-century editor of Latin poetry working in the printing house of Christophe Plantin in Antwerp.’ Poelman (1507-1581) was an Antwerp cloth merchant whose hobby was collecting medieval manuscripts of the Latin classical poets and preparing their texts for publication. Most of his editions were printed by Christophe Plantin, and much of his library and archive survives in the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, including collations, proofs and notes for his textual work.

19 February 2013
JULIAN POOLEY: 'Working tools almost daily in demand'. This paper will show how John Nichols and his family acquired and used books in their work as printers, literary biographers and antiquaries, 1745-1873.

19 MARCH 2013
PETER FOX: ‘The Fagel collection: from Den Haag to Dublin.’ In 1802 Trinity College Dublin acquired 20,000 volumes that had belonged to the Fagel family of The Hague. This paper charts the process of acquiring, transferring and organising the collection and gives a brief survey of its contents.


Graham Pollard Memorial Lecture

16 APRIL 2013

CYNTHIA JOHNSTON: 'Penflourishing in Manuscripts associated with William de Brailes'. This paper will discuss the diverse types of flourishing employed by de Brailes and his associates and what these stylistic groups can tell us about book production in thirteenth-century Oxford.


The Homee and Phiroze Randeria Lecture

Monday, 20 MAY 2013

BAMBER GASCOIGNE: ‘Charmers and Charlatans – early masters of colour printing’. The paper looks briefly at the earliest examples of relief printing, but the main emphasis is on the brilliant intaglio colour prints of the 17th and 18th centuries.


The Summer Visit

The Summer Visit for 2013 will be to Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, on Wednesday, 17 July at 12.00 p.m. Pippa Shirley, Head of Collection, and Rosamund Griffin, former Keeper of the Collection, will host the Society for a special visit in the libraries at Waddesdon. The visit will consist of admission to the house at noon, a break for light refreshment at 1.15 and time to see the gardens, and a private tour of the libraries and their highlights at 2.30.

The visit is open to all members of the Society, but numbers are limited. Those intending to come must notify the Hon. Secretary by post or e-mail not later than 10 July (by 1 July for group rail travel). Guests may be permitted if numbers allow, but preference will be given to members; places will be allocated as replies are received and confirmation will be sent. The Society will subsidise the visit but there will be a charge of £5 per person (to include admission to the house, a private tour of the libraries and light refreshments). Day return fares from London are £20.20 but if there is sufficient interest in group travel at the times below, the cost may be considerably less. Payment is required in advance.

For participants travelling by public transportation, the closest rail stations are Aylesbury Vale Parkway or Aylesbury, and trains from London leave from Marylebone Station. If numbers are sufficient, group rail tickets will be arranged for those travelling from Marylebone at 10.12, arriving at Aylesbury Vale Parkway at 11.20 and returning from Aylesbury Vale Parkway at 17.00 and arriving at Marylebone at 18.05. More detailed travel instructions will be circulated to those attending.

Waddesdon Manor is a superb Renaissance-style chateau built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art, including his extensive library of 17th and 18th-century books, often beautifully illustrated and sumptuously bound by the greatest craftsmen of the day for patrons ranging from Madame de Pompadour, Marie-Antoinette, Louis XIV and Louis XV, among others. There is also a small collection of illuminated manuscripts by Simon Bening. The Victorian garden is considered one of the finest in Britain, and in July the Rose Garden should be full bloom.

To reserve a place on the visit, please reply to, indicating whether or not you wish to travel as part of the group from Marylebone at 10.12, returning from Aylesbury Vale Parkway at 17.00..



Meetings will be held at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, beginning at 5.30 p.m.

Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m. Members are welcome to bring guests, both to meetings and to the tea beforehand.

The AGM will take place at 5.30pm at at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE. The AGM will not be preceded by tea, but refreshments will be served after the meeting.






This series of lectures will survey the involvement of laywomen and nuns in the circulation of written texts during the Italian Renaissance, and especially in the sixteenth century. What roles did women play when their own works or those by male authors were first issued? What texts might women copy by hand? How far could they become concerned in the making and selling of printed books? By what means did books come into their possession? In considering questions such as these, the lectures will also investigate some of the functions that books could have in shaping women’s engagement with the different kinds of communities to which they might belong.

Brian Richardson is Professor of Italian Language at the University of Leeds. His publications include Print Culture in Renaissance Italy: The Editor and the Vernacular Text, 1470-1600 (1994), Printing, Writers and Readers in Renaissance Italy (1999), Manuscript Culture in Renaissance Italy (2009) and editions of sixteenth-century texts on Italian linguistics. He is currently leading a project on oral culture in relation to manuscript and print in early modern Italy.

Lecture One
Monday 15 October 2012

in the Conference Centre

This lecture will focus on the initial circulation of texts. How did women authors promote the publication of their own works in manuscript and print? How did women who had privileged ownership of manuscript texts diffuse them within their communities? To what extent and why was the patronage of women sought through dedications?

Lecture Two
Monday 22 October 2012

in the Conference Centre

How far could women participate in producing and selling books? The lecture will consider how convents could be centres for the copying of manuscripts for their own use or for sale, and how some nuns and laywomen became involved in publishing, printing and bookselling.

Lecture Three
Monday 29 October 2012

in the Conference Centre

How did women of all social classes gain access to books as their owners and readers? This final lecture will examine a variety of means through which women could gain possession of books, including commissions of manuscripts, purchases, gifts and inheritance, and borrowing from other members of their communities.

Free Admission
Please note that these events are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on the night on a first come, first served basis. For further details see

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