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Not a Day Without a Line

You are warmly invited to join us for the opening talk by Dr Jason Scott-Warren (Reader at the English Faculty and Director of the Centre for Material Texts) to celebrate the launch of Queens’ Library's latest exhibition, ‘Not a Day Without a Line: Past lives of Renaissance books in Queens’ Library’, followed by wine and nibbles, and a view of the exhibition.

The event will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 5.30pm in the Munro Room and Old Library of Queens’ College.

All welcome – please RSVP to library@queens.cam.ac.uk by Sunday 25 February.

The exhibition will then be open to the public from March 1-29, 1.30-4.30pm (open late on Thursday 15 March until 7.30pm), on weekdays.
This exhibition features unique discoveries made during the Library's two-year ‘Renaissance Queens’’ cataloguing and digitisation project, that provide fascinating insights into how and why Queens’ books were read in the Renaissance period, and the people who read them. Cryptic signs, messages, and poems (including a mischievous nun/friar poem scrawled onto a magnificent 15th-century bible), prayers, as well as mnemonic diagrams and hand-coloured decorations all record in unique ways the lives of early modern readers and the relationships they formed with the books they used (and misused).
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Cambridge Bibliographical Society Lecture

Thursday 22 February, 5pm; Milstein Seminar Room, Cambridge University Library

Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey will give a talk on ‘The power of the image in liberated France, 1944-46’.

His talk is inspired by imagery from the collection he has put together (recently presented to the University Library) on the German occupation of France during the war and its liberation by the allied forces. Beautiful books began to be published immediately after the liberation of Paris in August 1944 even though the war was still being fought in France. Once Paris was free and the Vichy government had collapsed, censorship came to an end, and it is the immediacy of this response and the quality of the books themselves that makes this period so interesting for the history of the book.

Talk starts at 17.00. Tea from 16.30 before the talk.

Free event, no booking required. Members and non-members of Cambridge Bibliographical Society welcome.
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