Members of the Company may be interested in the forthcoming conference to be held at King’s College Cambridge on 28-29 June 2013.
This is to mark the centenary of the birth of Tim Munby, who pioneered the historical study of British book collecting and the use of sale catalogues to trace the history of taste in books. His work brought sale catalogues into the academic domain as important literary and historical documents worthy of study. Munby’s five-volume Phillipps Studies provided the first comprehensive account of bibliophiles and book dealers of the nineteenth century. His other works include The Cult of the Autograph Letter in England, Connoisseurs and Medieval Miniatures, 1750–1850 and a book of ghost stories, The Alabaster Hand.
Munby was Fellow and Librarian of King's College, Cambridge, from 1947 to 1974, having worked previously in the antiquarian book trade. He was Lyell Reader in Bibliography at Oxford 1962-63, a Founding Trustee of the British Library, President of the Bibliographical Society and co-founder of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society.
The conference will provide an opportunity to map current and future developments in the study of collectors and collecting. As well as a range of eminent speakers, the event will also feature panels of young bibliographers and book collectors. Delegates will have the chance to visit private exhibits in the Founder’s Library of the Fitzwilliam Museum and in the King’s College Library, as well as a special Munby exhibit at the Cambridge University Library.
More information, as well as booking information, can be found on the King’s College website, at www.kingsmembers.org/munby2013