This year’s conference will focus on books for work and for the professions. Among the themes to be addressed will be book-trade strategies aimed at particular professional groups and specialisation in genres of publications useful for work, as well as the libraries of professionals, including doctors, lawyers, clergy, architects and heralds.
Sunday 24 November
10.00 – 10.30 am Registration and coffee.
10.30 – 11.45 am David Pearson: Private Libraries for Professionals, 1600-1720.
11.45 – 12.15 am Coffee.
12.15 – 1.30 pm Ian Williams: ‘Out of which books students of the law learn their knowledge’: Legal publishing in early-Stuart England.
1.30 – 3.00 pm Buffet lunch. During the lunch break, the Archivist of the Stationers’ Company, Ruth Frendo, will lead a tour of the Stationers’ Company archive.
3.00 – 4.15 pm Matthew Walker: The History and Reception of John Evelyn's Translation of Roland Fréart's Parallel of Ancient and Modern Architecture.
4.15 – 4.45 pm Tea.
4.45 – 6.00 pm Andrew Nadell: Printing and the Work of Man: A collector in search of the history of professions – doctors and lawyers, popes and princes, artisans and tradesmen.
6.00 – 7.00 pm Reception at Stationers’ Hall, sponsored by Bernard Quaritch Ltd.
Monday 25 November
10.00 – 10.30 am Coffee.
10.30 – 11.45 am Nigel Ramsay: The Heralds: Books of their own and books of the Office.
11.45 – 12.15 pm Coffee.
12.15 – 1.30 pm Elizabethanne Boran: Physicians and the Medical Book Trade in Early Eighteenth-Century Dublin.
1.30 – 2.30 pm Lunch.
2.30 – 3.45 pm Renae Satterley: The College of Advocates in Doctors’ Commons Library: Past and present.
3.45 pm End of formal proceedings.
4.30 – 6.00 pm Visit to Lincoln’s Inn Library, London WC2A 3TL.
There has been a library in Lincoln’s Inn since at least 1475, making it the earliest library in London to have survived to the present day. For much of its history, the Library collected on a range of subject areas, but Law has always been the core element of the collection, providing a very thorough overview of legal publishing in this country.
The conference fee includes coffee, tea and lunch on both days, and the reception on Sunday evening.
Registered students may apply for a limited number of reduced-rate places, sponsored by the Bibliographical Society.
Conference fee: £95
Student conference fee: £60*
Single-day fee: £60*
Student single-day fee* £50
* Limited availability in each category
Early booking is recommended and places will be offered in order of receipt.