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November 2017

Jessica Brantley (Yale University), “The Late Medieval Book of Hours and the Idea of the Literary”

Thursday, November 2 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Victoria College Chapel (VC213),
91 Charles Street W.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7 Canada
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In association with the Friends of the Victoria University Library More books of hours remain in modern libraries than any other kind of book from late medieval England:  almost eight hundred manuscript volumes, and many thousands of printed ones.  From Europe at large the number of manuscripts alone has been estimated at around ten thousand.  Their survival rate suggests (though of course it does not prove) that these books were very widely read, and even that a late medieval reader…

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December 2017

Librorum

Wednesday, December 6 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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January 2018

Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto), “What Was the Cost of Books in Chaucer’s Time?”

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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This paper argues that historical analysis of the cost or price of medieval books is confounded by the quantity and quality of the available evidence. Medieval scholars depend on very small data sets to address this question, and even the data that are available have been stripped by time of key contextual information. In the absence of a reliable empirical approach to the question, I turn  to other forms of inquiry. Some of these are grounded in the close analysis…

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March 2018

Jonathan Senchyne (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Slavery and the History of the Book in America”

Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Jackman Humanities Building (Room 100a),
170 St George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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In association with the Department of English and the Faculty of Information In The History of Printing In America (1812), Isaiah Thomas briefly records the life of Primus Fowle, an African American who was enslaved by Daniel Fowle in Boston and Portsmouth.  Thomas writes, "This negro was named Primus. He was an African. I well remember him; he worked at press with or without an assistant; he continued to do press work until prevented by age. He went to Portsmouth with his master,…

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2018 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium

Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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Save the date! More event details to come.

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April 2018

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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