Seventeenth-Century Libraries: Problems & Perspectives
1:45 pm, 06 June 2019 to 1:45 pm, 08 June 2019
This symposium brings together a group of UK-based academics and librarians, as well as key Continental scholars, in an attempt to consolidate current research, for the first time, on seventeenth-century libraries and book collecting.
Early Modern Exchanges
IAS Common GroundSouth Wing, Wilkins BuildingGower StreetLONDONWC1E 6BTUnited Kingdom
Much research has been done on seventeenth-century libraries and book collecting, but it remains scattered across disciplinary divides. Until separate findings have been amalgamated, we will not be able to establish the patterns of book acquisition and library formation for this important period.
Seventeenth-Century Libraries: Problems & Perspectives will address questions of topography and typology, networks of library activity, administration, visual identity, dispersal, owners and content, and definitions of public and private. The symposium will also confront current topics of cultural and intellectual history – especially heritage and antiquarianism, the circulation and management of knowledge, and the rise of consumerism and the culture of collecting, as presented in such books as Arthur MacGregor’s Curiosity and Enlightenment (2007), Ann Blair’s Too Much to Know (2010), and Linda Levy Peck’s Consuming Splendor (2005).
Keynote with Jill Bepler (Wolfenbüttel), ‘Dynastic Women and Book Collecting in Seventeenth-Century Germany: Fragmented Evidence’.