Detail from Diclides Coelometricae by Nathaniel Torporlaeus (1602).


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Calendar of Events 2019-2020



17 October 2019, Merton College, T.S. Eliot Lecture Theatre

Holly James-Maddocks (University of York), Early Printed Books Illuminated in England (c. 1455-1500)


31 October 2019, Weston Library Lecture Theatre

Bill Zachs (Edinburgh, Private Collector), Spine-Tingling Tales from the Private Library of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


14 November 2019, Weston Library Lecture Theatre

Shef Rogers (University of Otago/Sassoon Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries), Visible Strains: Implications of Bibliographical Evidence in the Early Career of Alexander Pope


5 December 2109, Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 5:15 p.m.

David Armes (Red Plate Press), Accumulating Narrative



30 January 2020, print viewing: Ashmolean Museum, New Douce Room (4-5pm); lecture: 5.30 pm Lincoln College, Lower Lecture Room

Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies, London), Hans Baldung (Grien) and Johann Schott: Rediscovering the most prolific colour printer of the Holy Roman Empire, 1510–1530


13 February 2020, Corpus Christi College Auditorium, 5:15 p.m.

John Colley (Linacre College), Folly and folio: The printing of Alexander Barclay’s Shyp of Folys (1509)


9 March 2020, Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 5:15 p.m.

Shiva Mihan (Harvard Art Museums/Bahari Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries), Piecing together a Timurid masterpiece


19 March 2020, Oxford University Press, Conference Room, 5:15 p.m.

Martyn Ould (The Old School Press), Printing books at OUP, 1660-1780, from author’s copy to printed sheets

PLEASE NOTE: This lecture has been cancelled due to fears over the transmission of the coronavirus. It is hoped to reschedule the talk for 2020/2021.



14 May 2020, New College, lecture room 6, 5:15 p.m.

Paul Nash (The Strawberry Press), The mystery of the Catholicon: Did Gutenberg invent stereotyping?

Postponed to 2020/2021


4 June 2020, Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 5:15 p.m.

Leverhulme Doctoral Students (University of Oxford, Humanities Division), Publication beyond printing (five short talks)

Postponed to 2020/2021


11 June 2020, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 5:15 p.m.

Anna Contadini (SOAS), Book culture of the Arab world in the Medieval period

Postponed to 2020/2021


18 June 2020 – AGM Lecture, Lincoln College, Oakeshott Room, 5:15 p.m. (AGM to begin at 4:30)

Dirk Van Hulle (University of Oxford/Jesus College), Genetic Criticism and Bibliography: A Rapprochement

To be held as planned, by Zoom video conference (the lecture has been postponed to 2020/2021).