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40th Annual Conference on Book Trade History


In celebration of the 40th year of the conference series, this year's annual conference on book trade history will explore some of the most important themes and developments in this field through the eyes and experience of some of its most widely respected exponents. Leading authorities will discuss their engagement with book trade history, looking back over their own work to identify the significant influences upon them and changes in focus and research methods over time.
Sunday 25 & Monday 26 November 2018 at Stationers’ Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD
The Speakers
Maureen Bell’s earliest research was into the activities of women in the 16th- and 17th-century book trades. She worked on vol. 4 of The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain and edited, with D.F. McKenzie, A Chronology and Calendar of Documents Relating to the London Book Trade 1641-1700. Formerly Director of the British Book Trade Index, she is on the editorial board of the Cambridge project ‘Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age’.

Peter W. M. Blayney is Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Toronto and Distinguished Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and has published on a variety of aspects of the book trade in early modern London. At present he is working on both a study of the Elizabethan Book of Common Prayer and a sequel (extending to 1616) to The Stationers’ Company and the Printers of London, 1501–1557.

Mirjam Foot, DLitt, FSA, is a leading historian of bookbinding. She is Emeritus Professor of Library and Archive Studies at University College London and was formerly Director of Collections and Preservation at the British Library. She has published eight major studies of bookbinding, as well as innumerable articles. She has lectured widely in the UK and abroad, including several papers at the history of the book trade conferences.
Antony Griffiths was Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum from 1991 to 2011. His most recent book is The Print before Photography, an introduction to European printmaking 1550 to 1820 (2016). He is a member of the editorial board of Print Quarterly and chairman of the charity that runs it.

Christopher de Hamel is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was formerly a director of Sotheby's responsible for all sales of illuminated manuscripts and, later, librarian of the Parker Library. His most recent major book, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, won both the Duff Cooper Prize and the Wolfson History Prize.
Michael Harris is co-founder of the book trade history conference and has co-edited and contributed to the associated publications. His research has centred on the topographies of print in London and on the printers and booksellers working in developing areas of the print business. He has a particular interest in early serials. 
Lotte Hellinga studied at the university of Amsterdam, then spent a year in the British Museum with the title of ‘honorary assistant keeper’, publishing with Wytze Hellinga on early printing types in the Low Countries. She worked as a university lecturer, teaching textual bibliography of the 17th century, wrote a PhD thesis on printer’s copy for an incunable, and spent 20 years as Curator, then Deputy Keeper at the British Library, with responsibilities mainly for incunabula.
David McKitterick, FBA, Emeritus Honorary Professor of Historical Bibliography at Cambridge, retired recently as Librarian of Trinity College. He is a gold medallist of the Bibliographical Society, and author of the standard history of Cambridge University Press. He has also written widely on the history of libraries. His latest book, on the invention of rare books, is based on his Panizzi Lectures, and is due for publication this summer.
Robin Myers co-founded the book trade history conferences, to which she has contributed fifteen papers. She is archivist emeritus of the Stationers’ Company, on which she has published three major studies and numerous articles. A past president of the Bibliographical Society, she has also published studies of several 18th- and 19th-century antiquaries.

Dennis E. Rhodes joined the staff of the British Museum library in 1950, after war service in southern Italy, and has worked mainly on the Italian printed collections, from the 15th to the 18th century. Among his many publications are his Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Italian Books in the British Library (1986), Silent Printers: anonymous printing at Venice in the sixteenth century (1995) and two collections: Studies in early Italian printing (1981) and Studies in early European printing and book collecting (1983).

Mark Rose is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His recent Authors in Court: Scenes from the Theater of Copyright (Harvard UP, 2016) follows his earlier study, Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright (Harvard UP, 1993). He has also published books on Shakespeare, on Spenser, and on science fiction.  He frequently serves as a consultant and expert witness in movie and television matters involving allegations of copyright infringement. 
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