Lambeth Palace Library Through Five Centuries
July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm PDT
Sponsored by The Bibliographical Society of America and The Book Club of California
Located in Central London on the banks of the Thames, Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the national library and archive of the Church of England. Founded in 1610, its internationally important collections include medieval illuminated manuscripts from the 9th century onwards and early printed books, the archbishops’ personal libraries and many heterodox books that they confiscated, as well as extensive archival holdings up to the present. In 2021, the Library opened in a purpose-built new library building. Mr. Mandelbrote’s illustrated talk will look at the history of the collections and the people associated with them, while exploring some changing ideas of what a library is for. Before coming to the Lambeth Palace Library in February 2010, Giles worked for almost 15 years at the British Library as one of the curators responsible for the national collection of books printed in Britain during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. He is a scholar of 16th-century English religious printing, and of the use of libraries in the defense of religious orthodoxy by the Reformation archbishops of Canterbury, leaders of the Church of England; and has edited and co-edited numerous books in the fields of book history, the book trade, libraries and printing, including Out of Print and into Profit: A History of the Rare and Secondhand Book Trade in Britain in the 20th Century; Owners, Annotators and the Signs of Reading; The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland; and Against the Law: Crime, Sharp Practice, and the Control of Print.
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