Cambridge Bibliographical Society meeting


The next event in our calendar will be a talk by Dr Nick Hardy (Munby Fellow, 2016-17), entitled ‘New evidence for the drafting, revision, and intellectual context of the King James Bible (1611)’, on Thursday 26th January.

Dr Hardy’s talk will offer the first holistic treatment of several crucial sources for the creation of the King James Bible that have been discovered or rediscovered in the years since 2011. Taken together, these sources allow us to see for the first time how an individual biblical book (the apocryphal 1 Esdras) was drafted by a group of translators, and then revised once the Bible was nearing completion. They also show how the translators’ decisions were shaped by the philological, historical and theological questions which they were asking about the origin and significance of the Old Testament Apocrypha, and their relationship to the canonical books.

The talk takes place in the Milstein Seminar Rooms at the University Library, with tea from 4.30 and the talk beginning at 5.00. Rare books and manuscripts relating to Dr Hardy’s work will be on display.

Rose Book-Collecting Prize 2017


Attention student book-collectors!

Your chance to win £500

You can enter any type of collection provided it is solely owned by you and has been collected by you. The books do not have to be especially valuable – a collection of paperbacks, put together with imagination, is equally eligible. The contest is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Cambridge.

The closing date for entries is the first day of Lent Full Term, Tuesday 17 January 2017

Full details of how to enter are given on the University Library website at:

Gordon Duff Prize 2017


The Gordon Duff Prize is an annual competition for an essay on any one of the following subjects: bibliography, palaeography, typography, book-binding, book-illustration, or the science of books and manuscripts and the arts relating thereto.

The Prize, which will be of the value of £500, is open to all members of the University.

To enter, candidates must submit the proposed subjects of their essays to Dr Jill Whitelock, Head of Special Collections, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, CB3 9DR (  so as to reach her not later than the last day of the Michaelmas Term, i.e. 19 December 2016. Candidates will be informed whether their proposed subjects are approved by the Library Syndicate after its meeting on 7 February 2017.

If the proposed subject is approved, essays, which must not exceed 10,000 words in length, must be submitted by the last day of Lent Term, 25 March 2017.

For further information see

Sybilline Leaves: Chaos and Compilation in the Romantic Period


A bicentennial conference: Birkbeck College, University of London, July 20-21, 2017

This conference takes the bicentenary of Coleridge’s Sibylline Leaves as an opportunity to reflect on the materiality of the paper archive, and processes of dispersal, scattering and recollection. We welcome proposals on the composition, publication and reception of romantic poetry, particularly those which take into account the metaphorical, material and political implications of the ‘leaf in flight’.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be emailed to by 15 October 2016.

For more information, please visit the conference’s website:

Manuscripts in the Making


Dates: 8-10 December 2016

Venue: Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1EW (map)

The conference will accompany the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary exhibition COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts (30 July – 30 December 2016).

This interdisciplinary conference will aim to break new ground in integrating recent advances in the art historical and technical analyses of illuminated manuscripts with research in social and intellectual history.  While Western illuminated manuscripts from the 6th to the 16th centuries will form a major focus of discussion, the conference will also include papers on Byzantine, Islamic and Pre-Columbian material.

For further information, visit



to Elizabeth Savage, a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the CMT and the Faculty of English, who has just been appointed Lecturer in Book History and Communications at the Institute of English Studies in London’s School of Advanced Studies. We wish her every success in this exciting new role.

Epistemic Images in Early Modern Germany and its Neighbours


10 November 2016 – 11 November 2016
Leslie Stephen Room, Trinity Hall

Convenors:  Dr Alexander Marr (University of Cambridge), Prof. Horst Bredekamp (Humboldt University), Dr Christopher Heuer (Clark Art Institute), Dr Pablo Schneider (Humboldt University).

This workshop is part of the Epistemic Images in Early Modernity Research Project, funded by the Cambridge-DAAD Research Hub and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The project seeks to examine how and why images came to play such a decisive role in the production of new knowledge in early modernity. It will do so by bringing together German and Anglophone scholars from art history, Bildwissenschaft, and history of science in a series of workshops to be held in Cambridge, Berlin and Williamstown.

Further details and registration available at

Ferrars exhibition



(closed Monday 5th)

2pm to 5pm daily.  Open to all, free of charge.

THE FERRAR FAMILY was influential in a broad sphere of seventeenth-century life, and beyond: they were Deputies of the Virginia Trading Company – they were Founders of the Anglican Community at Little Gidding (made famous again in the twentieth-century by T S Eliot’s Four Quartets) – they were
entrusted with the posthumous publication of the work of the great metaphysical poet, George Herbert – they designed and constructed Harmonies of the Gospels – and they were collectors of prints, artworks, books and music.

THE FERRAR FAMILY PAPERS, housed at Magdalene College, provide an intriguing and illuminating window into their world.

THE EXHIBITION takes place in conjunction with the conference, The Ferrars, hosted by Magdalene English Department and the Historic Libraries of Magdalene College, to mark the completion of the project to conserve the Ferrar papers and prints.

Further information:

Dr M E J Hughes

Lecturer, Fellow and Pepys Librarian
Magdalene College

Sandars Lectures 2016: Anthony Grafton


Professor Anthony Grafton, ‘Writing and reading history in Renaissance England: some Cambridge examples’

Tuesday 26 January: ‘John Caius: history as argument’
Wednesday 27 January: ‘Matthew Parker: history as archive’
Thursday 28 January: ‘Adam Winthrop: history as resource’

Talks start at 17:00 in the McCrum Lecture Theatre on Bene’t Street. Free admission.
The final lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.



Some material/textual history seminars coming up in Cambridge this term:

Modern Cultural History seminar

20 January, 5 pm, Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius
Jessica Hope (University of Cambridge), ‘Picture Magazines and Visual Literacies in Britain
and the U.S. in the 1930s’

Early Modern British and Irish History Seminar

27 January, 5.15 pm, Trinity Hall, Lecture Theatre
Greg Salazar (Selwyn), ‘Ecclesiastical Licensing, Religious Censorship, and the Regulation of Consensus in Early Stuart England’

3 February, 5.15 pm, Trinity Hall, Graham Storey Room,
Susan Brigden (Oxford), ‘Dangerous Liaisons at the Court of Henry VIII: Evidence from Marginalia’

24 February, 5.15 pm, Trinity Hall, Graham Storey Room
John Gallagher (Caius), ‘Learning Languages in Early Modern England’

Comparative Social and Cultural History Seminar

2 February, 5pm, Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius
Elizabeth Evenden (Brunel)
‘Printers, exiles, and exchanges between England and Iberia’

Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminar

11 February, 5pm, History Faculty Room 12
Naomi Tadmor (Lancaster)
‘The settlement of the poor and the rise of the form’