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Apud Carolam Guillard: Charlotte Guillard, First Woman Printer of the French Renaissance

Highlights from the Peter Way Collection on French Renaissance Philology and Lexicography

David McKnight


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November 5, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th Floor, Kislak Center
Nouum Testamentum Graece & Latine (Paris, Printed by Charlotte Guillard, 1543), Peter Way Collection

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. 

Event Series

Elzevier Collection duodecimos.

From the Kislak Stacks

Join us for these monthly lunchtime presentations (noon – 1 pm) by Kislak curators, faculty, and students focusing on specific works or small archives/collections found among the holdings of the Kislak Center.

Image above: Nouum Testamentum Graece & Latine (Paris, Printed by Charlotte Guillard, 1543), Peter Way Collection