In 2018, the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts acquired through gift and purchase the scholarly library of Professor Peter Way (1941 - 2017).
A Classical scholar, Way mastered Greek, Latin and Chinese. But in the late 1980s, Way moved to Paris where worked with the Greek and Latin Lexica Project that seeks to transcribe, process and publish open-source digital editions of the primary lexical sources for the Greek and Latin languages. While living in Paris, he began to delve into the history of French printing in the Renaissance and he discovered Charlotte Guillard (d. 1557), France’s first women printer. In this curatorial talk, David McKnight will introduce Peter Way, describe his collection and focus briefly on the art of print in Paris in the mid 16th century and the four Charlotte Guillard texts that were among Peter Way’s most revered books.