The A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography
2013 Rosenbach Lectures
Paul Needham, Librarian, The Scheide Library
The First Quarter Century of European Printing
Lecture Dates: March 18, 19, 21, 2013
All lectures begin at 5:30pm
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Special Collections Center
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th floor
3420 Walnut Street
March 18, 2013: The 1450s: Bookmaking Inventions
March 19, 2013: The 1460s: Slow Diaspora
March 21, 2013: 1470-1475: The Sowing of Printing Shops
Registration is requested but not required. Please RSVP HERE
Detail from Biblia Latina,
[Mainz: Johann Gutenberg and Johann Fust, before August 1456]
Courtesy of the William H. Scheide Library,
Princeton University Library
Since 1998, Paul Needham has served as the Curator of the Scheide Collection at the Princeton University Library, before which he worked at Sotheby's and the Pierpont Morgan Library. He is on faculty at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School. Widely acknowledged as the leading expert on Johannes Gutenberg and the early history of printing, Dr. Needham has written or contributed to more than 90 publications. His most recent book is Galileo Makes a Book: The First Edition of Sidereus nuncius, Venice 1610 (Akademie Verlag, 2011).
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List of Past Rosenbach Lectures
Rosenbach Lectures for 2007-2011 are available through
the Penn Libraries Scholarly Commons repository.
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The Rosenbach Fellowship in Bibliography, established by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania in 1928, honors a gift for that purpose from A.S.W. Rosenbach, one of America's greatest book dealers and collectors. Its intention is to further scholarship and scholarly publication in bibliography and book history, broadly understood. Rosenbach Fellows typically present a series of three lectures over a period of one to two weeks while in residence at the University of Pennsylvania. Because of a continuing commitment to the series by the University of Pennsylvania Press, many of these lectures have been published as book-length studies.
The Rosenbach Lectures are the longest continuing series of bibliographical lectureships in the United States. The series began in 1931, with Christopher Morley as the first Rosenbach Fellow. Over the years, lecture topics have included fifteenth-century printing, the relationships between print and manuscript, papermaking, book illustration, American reading and publishing, and medical and scientific texts. Among recent lecturers are Robert Darnton, Anthony Grafton, Peter Stallybrass, David D. Hall, Paul Saenger, Michael Warner, Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, and Alberto Manguel.
Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1939
Courtesy of Rosenbach Museum