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Incunabula & Their Readers
London, December 2000


Conference at the British Library

INCUNABULA AND THEIR READERS: 1-2 December 2000


An international conference organised by the British Library jointly with
the Society for Renaissance Studies, the Centre for the History of the
Book in the Institute of English Studies, and the Institute of Classical
Studies in the University of London's School of Advanced Study.

Although the exact year of Johann Gutenberg's birth is not known, it is
traditionally marked at the turn of each century: in the year 2000 we
celebrate his official 600th birthday.

As part of the Gutenberg 2000 events, The British Library is organising a
conference on "Incunabula and Their Readers" jointly with the Society for
Renaissance Studies, the Centre for the History of the Book in the
Institute of English Studies, and the Institute of Classical Studies in
the University of London's School of Advanced Study.

The conference will focus on how fifteenth-century readers and owners used
their books and also on how readers of incunabula today approach their
subject.  Most papers will contribute to both of the two focal points, and
the conference will therefore be of interest to students of the history of
reading and of book distribution, and to students of the fifteenth century
in general, but also to librarians who are interested in understanding the
demands which will be made on incunable catalogues by scholars in the
twenty-first century.

There will be papers on the transmission of texts in printed form in the
fifteenth century, on particular collections and their history, on
hand-painted decoration of incunabula, and on aspects of the history of
incunable studies.

The conference is sponsored by Primary Source Media, the publisher of the
Illustrated Incunable Short-Title Catalogue on CD-ROM, and supported by
the British Academy and the Society for Intellectual History.

The conference will take place 1-2 December, at the School of Advanced
Study, Senate House, University of London. The registration fee is 15.00,
payable to The Society for Renaissance Studies, sent to Dr. Kristian
Jensen, Early Printed Collections, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
NW1 2DB, UK; kristian.jensen@bl.uk. Further details will be sent to
participants after registration.


     PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME
     preliminary titles of papers


     Lilian Armstrong (Wellesley College) (The Hand-Illumination of
     Venetian Printed Bibles, 1471-1495);

     Alan Coates (Bodleian Library) (The Incunabula of Edward Bernard
     (1638-97));

     Cristina Dondi (Bodleian Library) (Books of Hours, the development of
     the texts in printed form);

     Falk Eisermann (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) (Broadsides in Context:
     Some remarks about a new catalogue)

     John Flood (University of London) (The early printed book as a
     commercial commodity)

     Lotte Hellinga (BMC in the time of technology)

     Kristian Jensen (British Library) (Textual traditions of the
     fifteenth-century printed Vulgate);

     Paul Needham (Scheide Library, University of Princeton) (A catalogue
     of incunable authors);

     Holger Nickel (Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke) (Humanist Orations
     North of the Alps);

     Nigel Palmer (Oxford) (The Plenarium from Manuscript to Print);

     Brian Richardson (University of Leeds) (Books in octavo before Aldus);

     Toshiyuki Takamiya (University of Keio) (John Harris the
     pen-facsimilist at work on Caxton)

     Mari Tomioka (University of Keio) (Digitisation of the Gutenberg
     Bible, the HUMI project and some results)

     Bettina Wagner (Bavarian State Library) (St Emmeram - The medieval
     catalogue and the surviving books);

     Mary Beth Winn (University at Albany) (Illustrations in Parisian Books
     of Hours)