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The A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

2014 Rosenbach Lectures
Ann Blair, Harvard University
Hidden Hands:
Amanuenses and Authorship in Early Modern Europe


Lecture Dates: March 17, 18, 20, 2014
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 17, 2014: Hidden Helpers
Tuesday, March 18, 2014: Hands and Minds at Work
Thursday, March 20, 2014: Authors and Amanuenses


Registration is requested but not required. Please RSVP HERE

detail from [The Alchemist] Tiré du Cabinet de Mr. le Brun
Detail from [The Alchemist] Tiré du Cabinet de Mr. le Brun., (Engraving) [17--]. Rare Book & Manuscript Library, E. F. Smith Collection.
Intellectual work in early Modern Europe was rarely performed alone, despite literary and iconographical representations to the contrary--scholars worked with others in many ways. In these lectures, Professor Blair focuses on the family members, students, and servants who served as amanuenses by helping an author or scholar in the process of composing and writing.

Ann Blair is Director of Undergraduate Studies, Harvard College Professor, and Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Harvard University. Her publications include Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age (Yale, 2010) and The Theater of Nature: Jean Bodin and Renaissance Science (Princeton, 1997).

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

List of Past Rosenbach Lectures

Rosenbach Lectures for 2007-2011 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