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2012 Panizzi Lectures 3: Acquiring Books

How did women of all social classes get access to books as their owners and readers? This final lecture examines a variety of means through which women could gain possession of books, including commissions of manuscripts, purchases, gifts and inheritance, and borrowing from other members of their communities.

Brian Richardson is Professor of Italian Language at the University of Leeds. His publications include Print Culture in Renaissance Italy: The Editor and the Vernacular Text, 1470-1600 (1994), Printing, Writers and Readers in Renaissance Italy (1999), Manuscript Culture in Renaissance Italy (2009) and editions of 16th-century texts on Italian linguistics. He is currently leading a project on oral culture in relation to manuscript and print in early modern Italy.

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