Seminar in the History of the Book

2018: The History of the Book and Numismatics, Arabic, Early Modern Publishing Policies, Trade, Popular Literature, History of Art, Digital typography

Oxford, Weston Library, Visiting Scholars’ Centre (VSC) – Hilary Term, Fridays 2.15

Convenor: Cristina Dondi (Lincoln College and 15cBOOKTRADE)


Seminar in the History of the Book Programme, Hilary Term 2018
Seminar in the History of the Book Programme, Hilary Term 2018

NUMISMATICS (TUESDAY 23 Jan. 2018) – Dr Alan Stahl (Curator of Numismatics, Princeton University)

Coins, Money and Prices in Renaissance Italy


ARABIC (26 Jan. 2018) – Prof. Julia Bray (Laudian Professor of Arabic, University of Oxford)

Scrolls into codices: Jilyani’s picture-poems for Saladin


EARLY MODERN PUBLISHING POLICIES (2 Feb. 2018) – Prof. Ian Maclean (All Souls College)

Andreas Frisius of Amsterdam and the search for a niche market, 1664-75


TRADE (9 Feb. 2018) – Dr Irene Ceccherini (Lyell-Bodleian Research Fellow in Manuscript Studies, Bodleian Library, Dilts Research Fellow in Palaeography, Lincoln College, University of Oxford)

Merchants’ books of Venice and Florence


POPULAR LITERATURE (23 Feb. 2018) – Dr Laura Carnelos (Marie Curie Fellow, CERL and British Library)

From ephemeral to rare: 16th-Century Italian Popular Books in the British and the Bodleian Libraries


HISTORY OF ART (2 Mar. 2018) – Prof. Lilian Armstrong (Wellesley College)

The De Spira Brothers vrs. Nicolaus Jenson, 1469-1472: A Rivalry Traced through Hand-illuminated Copies of their Editions


DIGITAL TYPOGRAPHY (9 Mar. 2018) – Dr Falk Eisermann (Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, Staatsbibliothek, Berlin)

“Did you mean incurable? Searching and Finding Incunabula in the World Wide Web”


2017: The History of the Book and Cultural History, History of Art, Classics, Economics, Manuscript studies, Theology, and Law

Oxford, Weston Library, Visiting Scholars’ Centre (VSC) – Hilary Term, Fridays 2.15pm

Convenor: Cristina Dondi (Lincoln College and 15cBOOKTRADE)

Cultural History (20 January 2017): Prof. Ian Maclean, All Souls College, Oxford: The Italian Trade with the Frankfurt Book Fair around 1600

Podcast available here.

History of Art (27 January 2017): Dr Louis-Gabriel Bonicoli, Paris: Parisian Early Printed Book

Illustration (around 1500)

Classics (3 February 2017): Prof. Stephen Oakley, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge University: Incunabular Stemmatics

Podcast available here.

Economics (10 February 2017): Dr Jeremiah Dittmar, Department of Economics, London School of Economics: The Price of Books in Early Modern Europe: An Economic Perspective

Podcast available here.

Manuscript Studies (24 February 2017): Dr David Speranzi, Firenze, Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento:  Greek Script and Type in the Fifteenth century. Demetrius Damilas between Milan and Florence

Podcast available here.

Theology (3 March 2017): Dr Paul Needham, Scheide Library, Princeton University Library: The Gutenberg Bible in the Context of Fifteenth-Century Manuscript Bibles

Podcast available here.

Law (10 March 2017): Prof. Rodolfo Savelli, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Università di Genova: Printing the Corpus iuris civilis in the Sixteenth Century

Podcast available here.


The seminar is funded by the 15cBOOKTRADE Project (ERC), with the support of the Bodleian Libraries Centre for the Study of the Book.

Access to the VSC is with a library card. Bags need to be checked in the library’s lockers (ground floor).

People without a library card should get in touch in advance with the seminar convenors.