The 2015 Panizzi lectures will be given by David McKitterick on “The Invention of Rare Books”. Professor McKitterick is the outgoing Fellow Librarian of Trinity College Cambridge and Honorary Professor of Historical Bibliography at the same University.

In this series of lectures, Professor David McKitterick considers how some kinds of books became marked out as being curious in some sense, and as rarities. The criteria established in the 16th century gradually developed into our ideas today of rare book collections, and rare book libraries. 

The lectures will take place on 2, 5 and 9 November at 6.15 p.m. in the Conference Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.  The lectures are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  

For more information on the events please click on the links below: 

A 17th-century revolution

Selling the Harleian Library

Private interest and public responsibility


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