EBS Spring 2003 Newsletter

[Fall 2002 Newsletter]

The Early Book Society is pleased to present six special sessions at the 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 8-11, 2003. This May, EBS sessions are scheduled for two rooms, Fetzer 1005 and Sangren 2301. Please also plan to attend the annual business meeting of the Early Book Society where we will discuss plans for this summer's conference at the University of Durham (U.K.), as well as distribute the annual membership lists and ask for session themes or topics for Kalamazoo 2003. The business meeting will be held on Friday evening, May 9, at 8:30 in Fetzer 2030.

I. Thursday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. (Fetzer 1005):
Second Thoughts: Variants, Piracies and Later Editions I
presider: Derek A. Pearsall, Harvard University

Culturally Mapping the Brut
Jason O'Rourke and Stephen Kelly, The Queen's University, Belfast

The Scribe of the Duke of Northumberland's Canterbury Tales MS
Linne Mooney, University of Maine

Chaucerian Design and the Early Modern Book
Joel Fredell, Southeastern Louisiana University

II. Friday, May 9, 10 a.m. (Sangren 2301):
Medieval Childhood: Portraits and Texts in MSS and Printed Books
presider: Janetta Rebold Benton, Pace University / Metropolitan Museum of Art

Picturing Pedagogy in the Later Middle Ages
Martha W. Driver, Pace University

Visual and Verbal Portraits of Children in The Book of the Knight of the Tower
Rebecca Barnhouse, Youngstown State University

An Overgrown Garden: Text and Gloss in a 1497 Edition of Aesop
Jacqueline de Weever, Brooklyn College

III. Friday, May 9, 1:30 p.m. (Fetzer 1005):
Picturing the Codex in Pop Culture: Medieval Books in Modern Contexts
Presider: Stephen Partridge, University of British Columbia

Scholars, students, and slayers using books: The Magic of Words Reinvented
Susan Butvin, Kent State University

Situating a Past: Manuscripts as History in the Movies
Jill Havens, Baylor University

The Big Bad Book: Textual Anxieties in Medieval Movies
Carl Grindley, University of British Columbia

IV. Friday, May 9, 3:30 (Fetzer 1005)
French Cartularies [co-sponsored with IRHT]
Presider : Patricia Stirnemann, IRHT- Centre Félix-Grat

Cartulary Prologues, a Little-Known Source
Xavier Hélary, IRHT - Centre Augustin-Thierry

The Proto-Cartularies of the Charterhouse of Durbon
Caroline Bourlet, IRHT - Centre Félix-Grat

The Repertory of French Cartularies and the "Cartulary" Database at IRHT
Paul Bertrand, IRHT - Centre Augustin-Thierry

V. Friday, May 9, 8:30 Fetzer 2030
Early Book Society Business Meeting
Come to pay late dues, share ideas for Ka'zoo '04, discuss conferences, publications and other topics of interest to the membership.

VI. Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. (Sangren 2301):
Second Thoughts: Variants, Piracies, and Later Editions, II
presider: John Block Friedman, Kent State University, Salem

'Ther muste be a dyfference': Artisans, Allegory and the Alteration of Deguileville's Pèlerinage
Lisa Cooper, Columbia University

Scribal Revision as Evidence of Changing Reading Practice: the Case of Machaut's Voir Dit
Deborah McGrady, Tulane University

Staking Out Authorial Claims: Another Example of Self-Defence by Pierre Gringore
Cynthia J. Brown, University of California, Santa Barbara

VII. Saturday, May 10, 1:30 p.m. (Sangren 2301):
Humanist Books: a Re-Evaluation (in Memory of Tilly de la Mare)
presider: Martha W. Driver, Pace University

Highlights From the Collection of Fifteenth-Century Florentine MSS in the Bibliothèque nationale de France
Patricia Stirnemann, IRHT Centre Félix-Grat

Unmenschlich taete ich: an Example of German Humanism?
Keith Alderson, University of Chicago

Imaging Authorship in the Humanist Book of Renaissance Florence
Joyce Kubiski, Western Michigan University

 

EBS in Durham, July 2003

"To se, and eek for to be seye: Circulation and Influence of MSS and Early Printed Books, 1350-1550," an interdisciplinary conference, will be sponsored by the Early Book Society and the Centre For Medieval and Renaissace Studies at the University of Durham, UK, from July 10 - July 14, 2003. The eighth biennial EBS conference is open to all members of the Early Book Society. Speakers and participants include: Speakers and participants include: Robert Archer, Adrian Armstrong, Dabney Anderson Bankert, Joan Baker, Susan Groag Bell, Julia Boffey, Jennifer Britnell, Richard Britnell, Cynthia J. Brown, Joyce Coleman, J.P. Conlan, Helen Cooney, Orietta DaRold, Bryan P. Davis, Steve Dawson, Catherine Dejeumont, A.I. Doyle, Martha Driver, Mary Kay Duggan, Siân Echard, Susanna Fein, Joel Fredell, John B. Friedman, Alex Gillespie, Margaret Harvey, John Hines, Sheila Hingley, Simon Horobin, Mayumi Ikeda, Takako Kato, Stephen Kelly, William Kemp, Andy King, Joyce Kubiski, Amos Lee Laine, Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, Peter J. Lucas, Angela M. Lucas, Therese B. McGuire, John McKinnell, Simon McKinnon, Linne Mooney, Charlotte Morse, Daniel W. Mosser, Rachel Morgan, Veronica O'Mara, Jason O'Rourke, Niamh Pattwell, Derek Pearsall, Oliver Pickering, Sue Powell, Beth Rainey, Lilian Randall, Nicole Rice, Martha Rust, Corinne Saunders, George Shuffelton, Don C. Skemer, Masako Takagi, Kazuya Takahashi, Toshi Takamiya, Andrew Taylor, Jane Taylor, Satoko Tokunaga, Edward Wheatley, Alison Wiggins, Mary Beth Winn and Gilly Wraight. The final conference program will be sent in May. Inquiries about attending may be directed to Martha Driver (MDriver@pace.edu) or Jennifer Britnell (http://www.nyu.edu/projects/EBS/j.j.britnell@durham.ac.uk).

Expeditions and Activities

All conferees will visit an exhibition of collections from the University library, as well as selected materials from Ushaw College library, organized by Ian Doyle, Beth Rainey and Sheila Hingley, Special Collections librarian. In addition to the banquet and champagne croquet contest, participants will also attend a performance of Hyckescorner (RSTC 14039) by the Durham Medieval Theatre Company, directed by John McKinnell. Within easy walking distance of Grey College and Collingwood are the Oriental Museum and the Durham University Botanic Gardens, which has a nice café. In town are Durham Cathedral, which contains the shrine of St Cuthbert and the tomb of Bede, and Durham Castle, which dates from 1072. A trip to Barnard Castle and the Bowes Museum (which will include a lecture by the curator on the early books held there), along with visits to the Saxon Church at Escomb and to Staindrop Church with the Nevill tombs, has been organized for the Monday. Beyond Durham are Finchale Priory, Hadrian's Wall and Lindisfarne Priory (day trip). A fuller description of activities in the area was presented in the fall 2002 Newsletter.

Manuscript Repositories Near Durham

Linne Mooney When planning agenda for their attendance at the EBS Conference in July, members might like to consider adding visits to other manuscript repositories in the North at beginning or end of the conference. York offers an extensive collection of documents relating to York's archepiscopate and Yorkshire records in general at the Borthwick Institute, but members should write ahead to insure a space in the reading room. The manuscripts of York Minster Library are catalogued in Alan Piper's fourth volume of Neil Ker's Medieval Manuscripts in Great Britain; and with a recent addition to the library, it offers excellent modern space for readers. Write ahead to Peter Young, Archivist, at the York Minster Library to request permission to examine the manuscripts and reserve a space in the reading room. Whether stopping to consult either of these archives or not, you might consider staying over some hours, or even a night, in York on the return journey southwards from Durham (British trains allow a stop on the return journey but not on the outward one), to see the minster, walk the medieval walls or visit the medieval castle (Clifford's Tower) with its excellent museum.

Alnwick Castle, seat of the Duke of Northumberland, is north of Durham by about a 45- minute drive. The collection includes the Northumberland copy of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and numerous codices and documents associated with the Percies. Readers are permitted only on Thursdays unless they can make a case for having come from a significant distance and needing a second day's research, in which case Friday can be added onto a preceding Thursday. Only a maximum of two readers can be accommodated at any time, and there is a charge for reading: 25 pounds plus VAT (total nearly 30 pounds altogether) for a day's research, with no part-day concessions. Just to make it more difficult, Alnwick is not served by British trains, so a car (or lengthy taxi ride) is necessary for this visit. Nevertheless Alnwick itself, including both castle and town, is worth a visit: the town ranked highest among the best places to live in Britain in a recent national newspaper survey and has a number of quaint shops for browsing, besides one of Britain's largest (warehouse-sized) used-book stores (open later on Thursday evenings than on other days of the week). The castle grounds and gardens have been recently spruced up as a particular interest of the current Duchess to create a "Chatsworth in the North" at Alnwick. Harry Potter fans will also recognize some of the archways and courtyards of Alnwick in the recent film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; and the owners have not capitalized on this too much, though cardboard representations of some of the characters are to be seen in some of those sites where they appear in the film.

JEBS 6 and Beyond

JEBS 6, forthcoming in summer 2003, will be sent to all members who pay their dues by May 1. Copies may also be ordered separately (see below). Longer papers (35 - 40 pp.), with endnotes and a full Works Cited list, are now being collected for JEBS 7. These are substantial essays on any aspect of the history of manuscripts and/or printed books, with emphasis on the period between 1350 to 1550. Essays should be sent for consideration in duplicate with an abstract to Martha Driver. A limited number of illustrations may be included with complete captions and permissions citations; xeroxes of these should initially be sent with papers for consideration to the editor. Notes on recent discoveries (4-10 pp), highlighting little-known or recently uncovered texts or images, may be sent to Linne Mooney, Department of English, University of Maine, Orono, Maine 04469. Brief descriptions (150-450 words) of little- or lesser-known collections and libraries of interest to the Society may be sent to Martha Driver, Early Book Society, Department of English, Pace University, 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038. Members of the Early Book Society who are recent authors may send review books for consideration to Susan Powell, Reviews Editor, Department of English, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT UK. For further information, contact M.Driver@pace.edu.

Subscription Information

While many EBS members have already ordered JEBS 6 with their membership renewal, copies may also be ordered separately. If you are ordering from outside the US, you can pay with VISA (in U.S. dollars) using the order form that may be downloaded from the EBS site at <http://www.pace.edu/press>. Persons wishing to pay in pounds sterling may send £15.50 to Julia Boffey at: School of English and Drama, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS. Libraries may purchase copies directly from Ingram Library Services (1-800-937-5300). A membership renewal form for 2002-2003, which includes the cost of JEBS 6, may be found on the last page of this bulletin.

Calls for Papers

XXVIII International Conference on Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be sponsored by the Augustinian Historical Institute and held at Villanova University from September 5 through 7, 2003. Abstracts consisting of one double-spaced page, bearing your name, academic affiliation and full address in the upper-right corner, are to be sent in duplicate by March 31, 2003. Abstracts should indicate how the paper makes an original contribution or significantly reworks old materials. Also enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the abstract. Papers that are accepted for this conference are subsequently invited for publication in the journal Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Papers dealing directly with St. Augustine may also be submitted for publication in Augustinian Studies. For further information about the conference, contact: Dr. Thomas A. Losoncy or Karl A. Gersbach, OSA/PMR Conference, Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085-1699. For publication issues, write Dr Thomas A. Losoncy, Philosophy Department, 900 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085-1699.

30th Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies
The conference committee of the Vatican Film Library invites papers of not more than twenty minutes in length for presentation at the conference scheduled at Saint Louis University, October 10 - 11, 2003. The guest speakers will be Lucy Freeman Sandler and Jonathan Alexander. Topics may include paleography, codicology, diplomatics, illumination, epigraphy, library history, reading and literacy. One-page abstracts should be received no later than 1 May 2003. Contact Gregory A. Pass, Vatican Film Library, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University, 3650 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63108-3302, USA. Telephone: 314.977.3090, Fax: 314.977.3108 E-mail: passga@slu.edu; http://www.slu.edu/libraries/vfl/events.htm.

Exhibitions at the Folger Shakespeare Library

'Thys Boke is Myne' (ends March 1, 2003), the first Folger exhibition devoted solely to association copies from William Caxton onward is currently on view in Washington, D.C. Books belonging to Henry VIII, , Elizabeth of York, Anne of Cleves, Edmund Spenser, John Donne and the 18-century collector Thomas Rawlinson are on view, along with the earliest printed ownership label to be found in an English book on loan from the private collection of EBS-member Toshiyuki Takamiya. Exhibitions in 2003 will include Elizabeth I, Then and Now (March 19-July, 2003) and Fakes, Forgeries, Facsimiles (August through December 2003). For more information, see http://www.folger.edu.

Exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Five Hundred Years of Manuscript Illumination, scheduled for February 11 through June 1, 2003, will feature highlights from the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Twenty-four illuminated MSS, including private devotional books, religious service books, and books of history and law from throughout Western Europe, dating from the eleventh through fifteenth centuries, will be on display. The Making of the Medieval Book, on display from May 20 through September 7, will explain the processes of producing illuminated manuscripts from the preparation of animal skin to the binding of the volume. Flemish manuscripts are featured in the exhibition Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe, on display from June 17 to September 7, 2003.

Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, New York

The Italian leaves and manuscripts collected by Robert Lehman (1891-1969), many of which remain unknown to scholars, will be on display for the first time in Treasures of a Lost Art: Italian Manuscript Painting of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, scheduled from September 30, 2003 to February 1, 2004. Included are leaves and books illuminated by Duccio de Buoninsegna, Stefano da Verona and Cosimo Tura.

Obituary
Myra Dickman Orth, a leading specialist in the study of illuminated manuscripts and printed books produced during the reigns of Francis I and Henry II of France, died on November 30, 2002, of brain cancer. She was born on October 4, 1934, and received her BA from Cornell in 1956, and her MA and PhD from New York University. A former curator at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, she taught courses at the University of California, Santa Barbara, at the University of Virginia and at Christie's in Paris. In addition to numerous articles on the Bellemare group of illuminators in Paris, she produced, with Thierry Crépin-Leblond, the 1993 exhibition catalogue Livres d'heures royaux: La Peinture de manuscrits à la Cour de France au temps de Henri II for the Musée national de la Renaissance et Écouen. She collaborated on the 2001 exhibition at the Musée Condé de Chantilly, L'art du manuscrit de la Renaissance en France, and also in 2001 contributed to Leaves of Gold: Manuscript Illumination from the Philadelphia Collections. Her many articles include: 'The Influence of the "American Romanesque" in Australia,' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 34 (March 1975); 'Geofroy Tory et l'Enluminure: Deux Livres d'Heures de la Collection Doheny,' Revue de l'Art 50 (1981); 'Francis du Moulin and the "Journal" of Louise of Savoy,' Sixteenth Century Journal 13 (1982); 'French Renaissance Manuscripts: The 1520s Hours Workshop and the Master of the Getty Epistles,' Journal of the J. Paul Getty Museum 16 (1988); 'Radical Beauty: Marguerite de Navarre's Illuminated Protestant Catechism and Confession: Arsenal MS 5096,' Sixteenth Century Journal 24 (1993); 'What Goes Around: Borders and Frames in French Manuscripts,' The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 54 (1996); 'Dedicating Women: Manuscript Culture in the French Renaissance: The Cases of Catherine d'Amboise and Anne de Graville,' Journal of the Early Book Society 1 (1997); 'The Master of François de Rohan, A Familiar French Renaissance Miniaturist with a New Name,' in Illuminating the Book: Makers and Interpreters, Essays in Honour of Janet Backhouse (1998); 'French Renaissance Manuscripts and L'Histoire du Livre,2 Viator 32 (2001); and 'Family Values: Manuscripts as Gifts and Legacies among French Renaissance Women,' Journal of the Early Book Society 4 (2001). A short article titled "Manuscript Production and Illumination in Renaissance Paris (1500-1565)' will be published posthumously this summer in volume 6 of the Journal of the Early Book Society. Myra was working on her Survey of French Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts just before her death.
Myra is survived by her husband, William T. Orth, her daughter, Laura Orth, her son, Peter Orth, and her granddaughter, Cara Wehmhoefer, who, at six years old, bears a striking resemblance to Myra at that age. Those wishing to memorialize Myra are encouraged to send contributions in her name to Dr. Colin Eisler, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, 1 East 78th Street NYC 10021-0178. All pals of Myra are also invited to raise a glass in her honor at Kalamazoo at the Early Book Society business meeting and again in Durham at a location yet to be decided.

Manuscript Leaf to be Purchased in Memory of Michael Camille
(summarized from the ICMA Newsletter, December 2002)
Cambridge University wishes to commemorate Michael Camille, who died last spring, with an image from Guillaume de Deguileville's Pilgrimage of the Soul. In 1985, as a graduate student at Peterhouse, Cambridge, Michael completed his thesis on illustrations in the Pèlerinages under the supervision of George Henderson. The Fitzwilliam Museum now hopes to acquire a miniature of the Soul escorted by angels to the Celestial City, at the recommendation of Jonathan Alexander; the miniature comes from a fifteenth-century Flemish manuscript.
There are two ways to contribute to this memorial effort. Checks in sterling may be made payable to 'The Fitzwilliam Museum' and sent to Stella Panayotova, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St., Cambridge CB2 1RB UK . US taxpayers may make a tax-deductible contribution through check payable to 'Cambridge in America,' a US foundation with charitable 501 (c) 3 status. Checks sent to Cambridge in America (Worldwide Plaza, 309 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10019-7399) should specify 'The Fitzwilliam Museum in memory of Michael Camille' on the memo line. For further comments and suggestions, contact Professor Jonathan Alexander, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10021-0178, <jonathan.alexander@nyu.edu>.

Conferences, Colloquia, Talks, Exhibitions of Interest to EBS Members

Feb 20: James Carley (York University, Toronto) will speak on 'John Leland's Commentarii de Scriptoribus Britannicus: Deletions and Conflations' at the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, The Institute of English Studies, University of London, School of Advanced Study. 5:30 p.m., Seminar Room, Palaeography Room, University of London Library, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Contact jon.millington@sas.ac.uk

Feb 21-22: 'Textes / Commentaires,' twentieth conference of the Illinois Medieval Association, DePaul University. Contact: Ann Clark Bartlett, Dept of English, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60614. E-mail: abartlet@condor.depaul.edu

Feb 27-28: 'Books and Readers in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance,' second annual symposium sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Curriculum and Outreach Project (MARCO), University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For more information, contact Laura L. Howes, Dept of English, 413 McClung Tower, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996. E-mail: lhowes@utk.edu

March 20: John Higgitt (University of Edinburgh) will present '"Matyne bukis": Books of Hours and their Owners in Medieval Scotland' at the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, The Institute of English Studies, University of London, School of Advanced Study. 5:30 p.m., Seminar Room, Palaeography Room, University of London Library, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Contact jon.millington@sas.ac.uk

March 25-26: Le livre au Moyen-Age: Approches matérielles et connaissance historique. Contact Monique Goullet, Darwin Smith - Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris - CNRS/UMR 8589, Villejuif, France. Email: goulletm@aol.com, darwin@vjf.cnrs.fr; http://lamop.univ-paris1.fr/W3/journeelivre.html

April 4: Sylvia Huot (Pembroke College, Cambridge) will deliver the Tenth Annual History of the Book Lecture: Reading and Meditation in Late Medieval Devotional MSS at the CMRS, Humanities Conference Room (Royce 314), 3 pm. For more information, contact cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu

May 15: Ralph Hanna (Keble College, Oxford) will speak on 'The Real or Imagined End of Anglo-Norman' at the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, The Institute of English Studies, University of London, School of Advanced Study. 5:30 p.m., Seminar Room, Palaeography Room, University of London Library, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Contact jon.millington@sas.ac.uk

May 25-29: 'Manuscripts and Libraries in the Carolingian World,' Piazza San Pietro, Italy, sponsored by the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum and by the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame. Contact Michael Gorman. E-mail: michael.gorman@fastwebnet.it

July 3-5: 'Under the Influence: The Concept of Influence and the Study of Illuminated MSS,' conference hosted by the Research Centre for Illuminated MSS, Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Main speakers include Paul Binski, Joyce Coleman, George Henderson, Lucy Freeman Sandler, Patricia Stirnemann, Suzanne Lewis, Scot McKendrick, Larry Nees and Rowan Watson. Contact Alixe Bovey (alixe.bovey@bl.uk), RCIMS, Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 0RN UK.

July 7-9: "New Technologies, Old Texts," a conference on the applicability of new technologies to the study and publication of medieval texts, University of Leicester. For more information contact: Barbara Bordalejo, Canterbury Tales Project, Clephan Building, Room 1.01, De Montfort University, Leicester LE1 9BH UK. E-mail: bbordalejo@dmu.ac.uk

July 9-11: 'Writing in Anglo-Saxon England,' interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies. Contact Alexander Rumble, Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK. E-mail: alex.rumble@man.ac.uk

July 21-23: 'Revisiting Chaucer and Christianity,' International Study Centre, Canterbury Cathedral, with lectures by David Aers, Margaret Aston, Alcuin Blamires, Derek Brewer, Andrew Butcher, Graham Caie, Helen Cooper, Eamon Duffy, Rosalind Field, Alastair Minnis, Helen Phillips, Sherry Reames, Miri Rubin, Wendy Scase, Paul Szarmach and others. For more information, contact Dee Dyas, St. John's College, Chilwell Lane, Bramcote, Notts NG9 3DS, UK. E-mail: d.dyas@stjohns-nottm-ac.uk

July 28-30: 'Towards a Gower Hypertext,' international conference hosted by the School of Advanced Studies, London. Contact the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, Senate House (3rd floor), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK. E-mail: ies@sas.ac.uk