Lectures & Conferences

The A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

2015 Rosenbach Lectures

William Zachs, independent scholar and book collector

Authenticity and Duplicity:
Investigations into Multiple Copies of Books

Lecture Dates: March 16, 17, 19, 2015
All lectures begin at 5:30pm

Class of 1978 Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th floor
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Monday, March 16, 2015: "Perfection and Imperfection: Stories of Duplicates on a Scholar-Collector's Bookshelves"

Tuesday, March 17, 2015: "Fortune and Misfortune: Inquiries into the First Editions of Moll Flanders"

Thursday, March 19, 2015: "Transparency and Deception: Discoveries of Hidden Irish and Scottish Reprints"

Registration is requested but not required. Please RSVP HERE

Photograph of various spines of Dialogues of the Dead, courtesy of William Zachs
Detail of photograph of various spines of Dialogues of the Dead, courtesy of William Zachs.
These lectures consider a broad question: "What can we learn from looking at multiple copies of a book?" They are organized around a series of case studies--mainly from 18th-century--books that are either a part of or relate in some way to my own collection. Each case study illustrates different bibliographical and/or book-historical issues that can not be fully understood from the examination of a single copy. William Zachs is an independent scholar and collector who specializes in the English and Scottish book trade of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He is the author of The First John Murray and the Late Eighteenth-Century London Book Trade (Oxford, 1998) and curator of a 2011 exhibition on David Hume at the Edinburgh Writer's Museum.

For more information: (215) 898-7088; jpollack@upenn.edu

List of Past Rosenbach Lectures

Rosenbach Lectures for 2007-2014 are available through
the Penn Libraries Scholarly Commons repository.
View and download available podcasts.

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, Alberto Manguel, and Paul Needham.

A.S.W. Rosenbach
Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1939
Courtesy of Rosenbach Museum
& Library