Meetings will be held at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, beginning at 5.30 p.m.

Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m. Members are welcome to bring guests, both to meetings and to the tea beforehand.


Tuesday, 16 October 2012 at 5.30pm at at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE.

Members may bring guests, but they may not vote in any motion that may be put to the AGM. Since The Society of Antiquaries will be the new home for the Bibliographical Society’s monthly lectures, beginning in November 2012, the Annual General Meeting will provide an opportunity for members to familiarise themselves with the premises. The AGM will not be preceded by tea, but refreshments will be served after the meeting. At the close of business, Heather Rowland, Head of Library and Collections, will introduce the collections and show some of their highlights.

20 November 2012

PAOLO SACHET: ‘An Aldine ghost story’.

This paper will discuss some bibliographical issues in A. A. Renouard’s Annales de l’imprimerie des Alde (1803-1834).

18 December 2012

ELIZABETH UPPER: ‘Colour Printmaking in Tudor Books’.

This paper will discuss a widespread but previously undescribed technique for printing pictures in two colours in early modern European books, with a focus on sixteenth-century English woodcuts.

15 January 2013

DAVID SHAW: ‘Theodoor Poelman: a sixteenth-century editor of Latin poetry working in the printing house of Christophe Plantin in Antwerp.’

Poelman (1507-1581) was an Antwerp cloth merchant whose hobby was collecting medieval manuscripts of the Latin classical poets and preparing their texts for publication. Most of his editions were printed by Christophe Plantin, and much of his library and archive survives in the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, including collations, proofs and notes for his textual work.

19 February 2013

JULIAN POOLEY: ‘Working tools almost daily in demand’.

This paper will show how John Nichols and his family acquired and used books in their work as printers, literary biographers and antiquaries, 1745-1873.

19 MARCH 2013

PETER FOX: ‘The Fagel collection: from Den Haag to Dublin.’

In 1802 Trinity College Dublin acquired 20,000 volumes that had belonged to the Fagel family of The Hague. This paper charts the process of acquiring, transferring and organising the collection and gives a brief survey of its contents.

16 APRIL 2013

CYNTHIA JOHNSTON: ‘Penflourishing in Manuscripts associated with William de Brailes’.

This paper will discuss the diverse types of flourishing employed by de Brailes and his associates and what these stylistic groups can tell us about book production in thirteenth-century Oxford.

Monday 20 MAY 2013

BAMBER GASCOIGNE: ‘Charmers and Charlatans – early masters of colour printing’.

The paper looks briefly at the earliest examples of relief printing, but the main emphasis is on the brilliant intaglio colour prints of the 17th and 18th centuries.