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From manuscript to print: books in transition in the 15th century

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State Library of Victoria, McArthur Gallery (meet in front foyer)

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Library expedition 2
Presenter: Dr Anna Welch

The transition from hand-written to printed books in the 15th century is described by commentators not only as a technological innovation, but as a definitive philosophical shift in European culture, from the ‘medieval’ to the ‘modern’. In this talk, Anna Welch will use State Library Victoria’s rich holdings of medieval manuscripts and early printed books to explore the technical, social and religious dimensions of this slow and complex change.

Anna Welch is a book historian working in the History of the Book collection at State Library Victoria. She recently published a monograph based on her doctoral research into Italian manuscripts: Liturgy, books and Franciscan identity in medieval Umbria (Brill, The Medieval Franciscans 12, 2015).

Presented as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week.

Image: Psalter-Hours, Use of Liège, in Latin and French (detail), Catholic Church, Southern Netherlands, Liège, c 1270-1279


Book another Library expedition:

Library expedition 1: The Banks’ florilegium and some of its relatives MONDAY 3 JULY

Library expedition 3: Shaped books: from die-cuts to laser production WEDNESDAY 5 JULY

Library expedition 4: The John Emmerson Collection at State Library Victoria THURSDAY 6 JULY

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State Library of Victoria, McArthur Gallery (meet in front foyer)

328 Swanston St

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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