Alastair Hamilton: Collecting oriental manuscripts for Louis XIV: Wansleben's acquisitions in the Levant

Between 1671 and 1675 the German Johann Michael Wansleben, in the service of the French king, assembled what was then the largest collection of oriental manuscripts put together by a single individual. The questions discussed in this lecture are: how did he and other collectors know what to buy and how did they proceed?

Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m. with the lecture to start at 5.30 p.m. Members are welcome to bring guests, both to meetings and to the tea beforehand.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 17:30
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE