EBS Fall 2003 Newsletter

Kalamazoo 2004
EBS is pleased to announce that all six proposed sessions to be sponsored by the Early Book Society at the International Congress of Medieval Studies have been accepted. The Congress at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, will be held from May 6-9, 2004. These sessions are:

I. John Audelay and His Book (Douce 302), organized with Susanna Fein
II. Libraries, Collections and Collectors in the Later Middle Ages
III. Glossing Over the Middle Ages: Marginal and Interlineal Notation
IV. Sequences of MS and Book Production
V. Defaced, Defamed and Damaged: Destruction and Censorship of MSS and Early Printed Books
VI. All in the Family: Books and Readers in the Medieval Home

Proposals (1-2 pp), letters of commitment, and a-v request forms (download these from http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/) should be sent to Martha W. Driver, Dept of English, Pace University, 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038, not later than September 15. EBS members wishing to serve as session chairs or respondents should send a note by the September date to the university or e-mail address. Abstracts may also be FAXed to her attention at 212-346-1754 (English Department). E-mail inquiries are welcome: <mdriver@pace.edu>.

'To se and eek for to be seye: Circulation and Influence of MSS and Early Printed Books, 1350-1550,' the eighth biennial conference sponsored by the Early Book Society was held this year in conjunction with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Grey College and Collingwood College in the University of Durham from July 10 through July 14. The eighth biennial conference included 110 registered participants from Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, N. Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom and Wales. The conference marked the fourteenth year of EBS conferences with a return to Durham where we held our first conference, titled The Reader and The Book, in 1989, at Fountains Hall, Grey College.

In addition to our registered participants, several scholars stepped up to the plate to present talks in sessions for those who were unable to attend the conference for reasons of illness. Among these participants were A.S.G. Edwards, University of Victoria, who spoke on "Noble Families and Devotional Books: the Notre Dame MS of 'The Mirror to Devout People'," John Scattergood, Trinity College, Dublin, who presented a lecture on "'The Eyes of Memory': Functions of the Illustrations in Trinity College, Dublin, MS 505," and Joyce Boro, Université de Montréal, who presented a lively lecture on "A Source & Date for the Fragment of Grisel y Mirabella Found in the Binding of Emmanuel College 338.5.43." All of the conference presentations were lively and informative. We do wish to single out the group of students trained under the aegis of Professor Takamiya for special praise, along with Niahm Pattwell and Elisabeth Dutton, who were also outstanding and for whom this was the very first conference presentation.

Among the many conference highlights was a hands-on exhibition of collections from the University Library as well as selected materials from Ushaw College Library, curated by Ian Doyle, Beth Rainey and Sheila Hingley, Special Collections Librarian. A pamphlet produced for this occasion was distributed to all participants and included notes on Cosin MS V.ii.13, a mid-fifteenth century manuscript of Chaucer's Troilus followed by Hoccleve's 'Epistle of Cupid' and another anonymous English courtly love poem, which is apparently unique, and Cosin MS V.iii.9, Hoccleve's autograph presentation copy of his Poems, written ca. 1420, with missing matter supplied by John Stow. Both of these manuscripts were formerly in the collection of William Browne, poet of Tavistock, . Other fifteenth-century manuscripts on display included a manuscript of Lydgate's Siege of Thebes (also from Browne's collection), a Sarum Breviary for the use of Norwich, an early copy of the Poor Caitiff, John Mirk's Festial, and Sir John Mandeville's Travels. Among printed books to be seen were many produced by Wynkyn de Worde, including the unique example of St Francis of Assisi, In the name of god here begynneth the rule of the lyuynge of the bretherne and systers of the order of penytentes, as well as books printed by Caxton, Pynson, Robert Wyer, and Rastell, as well as the 1550 edition of Langland's The vision of Pierce Plowman and the 1554 Berthelette edition of the Confessio Amantis. French printers were also well represented, among them Vérard, Regnault, and his widow, Magdalena Boursette. It was a great pleasure to sit at tables in the Durham University Library and to examine these books first hand, marveling at the wealth and range of the collections.

A copy of the exhibition pamphlet was subsequently inscribed by all those attending the conference and was formally presented to Ian at the conference banquet. This annotated and personalized copy was unfortunately misplaced during the excitement of the ceilidh but was, we are delighted to report, located the day after the ceilidh and suitably bound and illuminated, then presented informally across the library check-out desk to Ian Doyle the day after the conference had ended.

EBS-authors reportedly did well in sales at the conference book table, overseen by Richard Britnell. Titles of interest to the Society were represented there by books and journals published by Boydell and Brewer, Peter Lang, University College Dublin Press, Maney, Palgrave, and the Durham Modern Language Series.

Hick Scorner (STC 14039) , With The Manner of the Crying of Ane Play, was presented by the Durham Medieval Theatre Company, directed by John McKinnell who also thrilled the audience in one of the starring roles. Hick Scorner is an allegorical play, set in the well-known area of Southwark, and the first performance probably took place there in the London house of the Duke of Suffolk. The actors made good use of the set and props, though we were not fully convinced of the conversions of a number of wicked characters by play's end. The audience enjoyed the participatory nature of the second short play, in which, according to the program notes, 'unpardonable liberties with the place-names in the texts...' were taken in order 'to persecute our innocent audience.'

The champagne-croquet match was won this year by Oliver Pickering and his partner rookie Orietta Darold (who claimed never to have played the game before, though we suspect, she, much like Ben Curtis, the winner of this year's British Open, is simply a natural). Congratulations to all who played on that most beautiful sunny and warm Durham afternoon. Thanks are very much due to Jennifer Britnell, Richard Britnell, Jane Taylor, Ian Doyle, Beth Rainey, Sheila Hingley and John McKinnell for their insight, talents and hard work in putting together this very successful conference.

See photos of the conference by Mari Tomioka here.

EBS Conference 2005
Plans are currently underway for the EBS conference, tentatively titled 'New Finds in Old Books and MSS, 1350 - 1550' (or possibly 'Text, Image and the Staging of Ideas: MSS and Books, 1350-1550') to be held at the Queen's University, Belfast, early in July, 2005. The dates will be set for July 6-9 with an optional trip on July 10, in order for conferees to leave in good time for Leeds (scheduled for 11-14 July 2005) or to travel to other parts of Ireland. Conferees may choose to be housed in hotel accommodation in the university area or in the student rooms, though meals will be taken together. Accommodation for the conference will likely be in the Elms Halls of Residence on the Malone Road, a 10-minute walk from the University on a pleasant avenue. A list of hotels and b&bs will also be circulated to EBS members by fall 2004. According to our men on the street, Jason O'Rourke and Stephen Kelly, there will be no problem during these dates with restaurants, cafés and bars being open, and everything is normal in town through July 11. The area around the university is regarded as very safe, in any case. The costing will be fully worked out by next summer, but the trip should be no more expensive than previous EBS conferences and may, in fact, be a bit less costly than some. Please also keep in mind Jason's promise at the Durham business meeting -- to put on an unforgettable ceilidh for us. More information on the conference will follow, but please mark those dates (July 6-10) on your calendar for 2005.

JEBS 7 and 8
JEBS 7, forthcoming in summer 2004, will contain papers presented at the Cork conference in 2001 which have been introduced by Margaret Connolly and Samantha Mullaney. The issue will be sent to all members who pay their dues by the annual business meeting of the Early Book Society or by May 7. Copies may also be ordered separately. Longer papers (35-40 pp) are also being collected for JEBS 8 to appear in summer 2005. These should be substantial essays and may consider any aspect of the history of manuscripts and/or printed books with emphasis on the period between 1350 and 1550. Essays must include endnotes and a full Works Cited list. Please send essays 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 <mooney@maine.edu>.
Brief descriptions (150-450 words) of little- or lesser-known collections and libraries of interest to the Society are always welcome and 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, Dept of English, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT UK. For further information, contact <S.Powell@salford.ac.uk>.

JEBS 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>. Libraries may purchase copies directly from Ingram Library Services (1-800-937-5300). JEBS 7 will be included in 2003-2004 membership if paid before the annual meeting in May 2004. The membership renewal form for 2003-2004 is found on the last page of this bulletin .

Calls for Papers

The Discourse of Law and Justice in Medieval Europe, the 24th Annual Conference, will be held at the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, on Saturday, March 27, 2004. The Center invites papers from medievalists interested in exploring the discourse of law and justice in medieval Europe, including the ways in which it was appropriated, transformed, or represented in images as well as in poetry, treatises, drama. Keynote speaker is Stephen D. White (Emory University). Abstract and cover letter with contact information to arrive by October 20 sent to: The Conference Committee, Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458 (718-817-4655 FAX 718-817-3987, e-mail: <medievals@fordham.edu>

The 11th Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society will be held at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, from 29 July through 4 August 2004. Plenary speakers will include Mary and Richard Rouse (UCLA), Christopher Page (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge), and C. Stephen Jaeger (University of Illinois). Proposals for papers and special sessions are welcome from a wide range of areas pertinent to courtly literature and culture, and will receive special consideration if related to the conference themes, which include the Courtly Book, Music, Arts and the Court, the Present State of Courtly Studies and Future Perspectives, and Courtly Culture in a Comparative Perspective. Papers are limited to 20 minutes, and all proposals are subject to the approval of the Organizing Committee. Papers may be presented in English, French or German. Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by October 1, 2003, accompanied by requests for audio-visual equipment or related special requests. All abstracts of accepted papers will be printed in booklet form for distribution at the Congress. Confirmation of acceptance with registration materials will be sent in November, with a registration deadline of Feb. 1, 2004. Inquiries may be addressed either to Christopher Kleinhenz or Keith Busby at Dept of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 618 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (FAX 608-265-3892, e-mail <ckleinhe@wisc.edu> or <kbusby@wisc.edu>). The conference web site is <http://frit.less.wisc.edu/frit/>.


NEH Research Fellowships
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, 2003-2004
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites applications for six fellowships of five weeks duration to conduct research in the collections of the Vatican Film Library or in the rare book and manuscript collections of Pius XII Memorial LIbrary at Saint Louis University. Applicants must have the doctorate or be a PhD-candidate at the dissertation stage. Topics may be proposed on any subject in the areas of paleography, codicology, illumination, editing, history, philosophy, theology, science, literature, scriptural and patristic studies, Roman and Canon law. Priority will be given applicants with paleographical and linguistic skills. For details on the Vatican Film Library, see <http://www.slu.edu/libraries/vfl>. For information on rare books and MSS, see
<http://www.slu.edu/libraries/pius/archives/collections/collections.html>. There is no formal application deadline. Contact: David T. Murphy, Director, CMRS, Saint Louis University, 221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 (314-977-7180, FAX 314-977-3704, <cmrs@slu.edu>)

Mellon Fellowship
Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University
The Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship provides the cost of travel within the continental US and per diem expenses to scholars making use of the collections for periods of between two and five weeks. Applicants may be post-doctoral students or graduate students formally admitted to a PhD program working on their dissertations. Applications for January to May should be submitted by October 1. For more information contact, Vatical Film Library, Pius XII Memorial Library, 3650 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Missouri 63108-3302 (314-977-3090, FAX 314-977-3108, <vfl@slu.edu>,

Munby Fellowship 2004-5
Applications are invited for the Munby Fellowship in Bibliography, tenable for one year from October 1, 2004. The Fellowship is open to graduates of any nationality and is linked to a non-stipendiary Research or Visiting Fellowship at Darwin College, University of Cambridge. The stipend is £19, 279. Closing date for applications is 12 September 2003 with notification in December. Further information is available from the Deputy Librarian, University Library, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR UK.

Getty Research Grants 2004
The Getty Research Institute seeks applications from established scholars, as well as pre- and postdoctoral researchers working on projects related to a specific theme while in residence at the Getty Center. The theme for 2004-5 is 'Duration.' In addition, the Research Institute offers short-term Library Research Grants. Detailed instructions, eligibility information, applications for all Getty Research Grants is accessible at
<http://www.getty.edu> or by contacting the Getty Grant Program, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685 (310-440-7374, FAX 310-440-7703). E-mail: <researchgrants@getty.edu>.

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

10-11 October: Thirtieth Annual St Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, Vatican Film Library, St Louis University, featuring Lucy Freeman Sandler and Jonathan J. G. Alexander. Contact Vatican Film Library, Pius XII Memorial Library, St Louis University, 3650 Lindell Blvd., St Louis, MO 63108-3302. E-mail <vfl@slu.edu>. Website: http://www.slu.edu/libraries/vfl.

10 and 17 December: Spread of Gothic Art from Italy to England, and Gargoyles: Holy Terrors on Gothic Churches. Two of a series of lectures presented by EBS-member Janetta Rebold Benton at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this fall, both Wednesdays at 11 am. Call 212-570-3949, or contact Concerts & Lectures, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10028-0198.

26-27 March 2004: Print Culture and the City, McGill University, Montréal, Canada. Call for 20-min papers on the relationships between print culture and urban life. Abstracts (300-350 words) to be submitted by Sept 1. Presenters are further asked to send a short biography (2-3 lines) and full contact information with their proposals to: Jessica Wurster, Department of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University, 853 Sherbrooke St West, Montréal QCH3A 2T6 Canada. E-mail .

25-27 March 2004: Antiquarianism and the Early Modern Age: Perspectives on Europe and China, An Interdisciplinary Conference, Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10019. Presentations on antiquarianism, the study of the past, the study of nature, and the study of peoples. Contact Peter N. Miller (212-501-3044) or Francois Louis (212-501-3088)

16-17 April: Medieval Perspectives of Woman and Womanhood. Thirty-First Annual Sewanee Medieval Collquium, featuring E. Jane Burns, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Madeline H. Caviness, Tufts University. Abstracts for 20-minute presentations from any discipline (approx. 250 words) in two copies along with two copies of a brief vita should be sent by October 1, 2003. Accepted papers are to be submitted in their final form, including critical apparatus, by February 20. Submissions are to be sent to Professor Susan Riyard, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 37383-1000. E-mail .