Dr Alessandra Panzanelli asks the key questions required to understand the meaning and value of printed books in 15th- century society
The British Library preserves one of the world’s largest collections of what are known as ‘incunabula’ – the first books to be printed in Europe. Each copy has its own fascinating history, which can be reconstructed by a combination of different research techniques to expose the massive social and cultural impact of the invention of modern printing in the 15th century.
Dr Alessandra Panzanelli is working with the British Library and the University of Oxford on a project that aims to generate fresh insights into the introduction of printing in the West. In her talk, Dr Panzanelli will show how the project will ask key questions to understand the meaning and value of printed books in 15th century society. Who owned these books? Who had access to them? How were they shared and used? And what is their contemporary market value?
Dr Panzanelli will describe how the 15cBOOKTRADE project will add to our understanding of the 15th- century printing revolution.
Please bring your packed lunch. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.
This event is part of the Feed the Mind series of lunchtime research talks.