Detail from Diclides Coelometricae by Nathaniel Torporlaeus (1602).


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Annual General Meeting (by Zoom video conference)

Zoom video conference
Thursday, 18 June, 2020 - 16:30

The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held by Zoom video conference, on Thursday 18 June 2020 at 4:30 p.m.  It is regretted that there will be no lecture following the meeting this year (our speaker has generously agreed to give his talk during the academic year 2020–2021, perhaps at next year's AGM).  The business of the meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. (BST).  Members are welcome to attend by Zoom video conference, using this link:

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).