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Poelman and Plantin: Publishing the Classics in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp

Miræus lectures, Wednesday 6 April 2011
David J. Shaw

Although Antwerp was a relative late-comer to the printing of texts of classical authors, a number of printers included these books in their production from about 1525 onwards. The establishment of the Officina Plantiniana saw a new development in this market, with the Antwerp merchant Theodor Poelman (Theodorus Pulmannus) becoming one of Plantin’s regular editors of classical texts. Poelman not only researched medieval manuscripts and the work of earlier scholars, he also formed a significant collection of manuscripts of his own. Many of his books and papers survive in the Library and Archive at the Plantin-Moretus Moretus.


David J. Shaw was the Secretary of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) from 2002 to 2009. Before that, he was Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Kent (Canterbury). He works in particular on the History of the Book in Europe in the early-modern period. He was President of the Bibliographical Society (London) from 2002 to 2004.


The venue of this tenth lecture exceptionally is at the Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22-23 B-2000 Antwerpen. Entrance to the lecture is free.


The Miræus Lectures are an initiative of the Flemish Book Historical Society and are supported by the Vereniging van Antwerpse Bibliofielen, the Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience and the Instituut voor de Studie van de Letterkunde in de Nederlanden of Antwerp University.