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Putting the Past on Show. Old Books and Public Interpretation in the Nineteenth Century

Miræus lectures, Wednesday 22 May 2013
David McKitterick (Trinity College, Cambridge)

The nineteenth century is celebrated as a great age of bibliophilia. But there is another aspect of this story in a world of rapid social and technological change. How did the more general public learn about books, and what were the consequences for our libraries and policies today? This paper will pay special attention to the display and exhibition of old books, and to the effect of this on public perceptions of the past.

Professor David McKitterick, Librarian of Trinity College, Cambridge, is one of the general editors of the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain. Among his many other publications is Print, Manuscript and the Search for Order, 1450-1830. His next book is due to be published by Cambridge University Press this summer.


Free entrance
Venue: Nottebohm Hall of the Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience
Hendrik Conscienceplein 4
B-2000 Antwerpen


The Miræus Lectures are an initiative of the Flanders Book Historical Society and are supported by the Antwerp Bibliophile Society and the Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience.