Events

The Society plans to hold its meetings at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, beginning at 5.30 p.m. However, meetings may be moved online at short notice, and updates will be published on the Society’s website and communicated to members by email.

For all regular meetings at the Society of Antiquaries, tea will be served at 5.00 p.m. and wine will be served after each lecture. Members are welcome to bring guests, both to meetings and to the social gatherings.

 

Summer visit: details will be announced in The Library for March 2022.

 

PANIZZI LECTURES

The 2021 Panizzi Lectures will be delivered by Cynthia Brokaw in the Knowledge Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, on 30 November, 2 December, and 7 December 2021. The lectures are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For further details see http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events.

Monday, December 13, 2021 - 17:30

In the last ten years, art historians have begun to recognise the significance of colour in print history—but the role of printed colour in books has been overlooked. This lecture offers a new approach, one centred on printers, based on a survey of the British Museum’s holdings of German prints, ephemera, broadsides, and books printed in 1450–1600.

The lecture will be followed by the launch of Early Colour Printing: German Renaissance Woodcuts at the British Museum (Paul Holberton Publishing, in association with the British Museum, 2021).

 

The lecture will take place online via Zoom and Scoiety of Antiquaries.

 

Please note that this lecture will take place on a Monday.

 

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Location:
Online via Zoom and Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE,
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 17:30

Botany is a discipline that relies on books to function, a feature that became apparent after the foundation of the first Cambridge Botanic Garden in 1762. Concentrating on Thomas Martyn, the third Professor of Botany between 1762 and 1825, this talk will show how books were used to manage, order, describe and collect plants for the Botanic Garden across a network ranging from Tasmania to the Americas.

Location:
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE,
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 17:30

The Bibliotheca Thysiana in Leiden, founded at the death of its owner, the jurist Johannes Thysius (1622–1653), is made up of a wide variety of books from all over Europe. This paper will look at the relatively small, but highly interesting number of books printed in the British Isles or owned by British collectors.

Location:
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE,
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 17:30

JAMES RAVEN: Monsters, myths and methods: towards a global book biography of Erik Pontoppidan’s Det første Forsøg paa Norges naturlige Historie (1752 –3) [The Natural History of Norway (1755)]. What are the bibliographical implications of a ‘book biography’ (or the ‘life cycle of a book’)? Pontoppidan’s observations on giant sea monsters reappeared in Moby Dick and influenced modern sightings, writings and films around the world. Examination of surviving copies of the different editions of the Natural History (including those owned by Benjamin Franklin, Edward Gibbon and the Maharajah of Tangore), suggests how its ‘verification’ methods were modulated by different translations and inherited representations—but also by typographies, engravings and other material book forms.

Location:
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE,
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 17:30

CRISTINA DONDI and NEIL HARRIS: The Zornale of Francesco de Madiis (1484–88): the end of the tunnel. After over ten years of analysis of this rich and complex account book, this talk will share the final results in terms of editions identified, the availability of foreign and non-Venetian editions on the Venetian market, the speed of sales, the consistently decreasing prices of printed books, and what was sold within those early years.

Location:
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE,
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 17:30

ARTHUR MARKS: The curious career of Nathaniel Price, a journeyman binder working in England and America. This talk will follow the movements of Price, a late eighteenth-century London trained binder who worked in England and the United States, the latter in large part while in flight as an escaped convict. Eventually he made his way back to England and freedom, where after losing his sight, he encountered another impediment, blindness, while continuing to practise his profession.

Location:
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE,