EBS Spring 2005 Newsletter

Kalamazoo 2005
The Early Book Society is pleased to present five special sessions at the 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 5-8, 2005. This May, EBS sessions are scheduled for several rooms, so please mark those you wish attend in your programs. Please also plan to attend the annual business meeting of the Early Book Society where we will distribute the annual membership lists and ask for session themes or topics for Kalamazoo 2006, as well as discuss plans for ‘New Finds in Old Books and MSS, 1350 – 1550,’ the ninth biennial conference of the Early Book Society, to be held in July 2005 at the Queen’s University, Belfast. The EBS business meeting will be held on Friday evening, May 6, at 8:30 in Fetzer 1060.

I. Session 219: Friday, May 6, 10 am, Bernhard 157
Recent Observations on Sammelbände
Presider: Derek A. Pearsall, Harvard University

Margery Kemp, Margaret Beauford, and Miscellaneity
Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto

Les recueils de textes philosophiques
Jacqueline Hamesse, University Catholique de Louvain

When is a Sammelband Not? Printed Collections in Transition
Martha W. Driver, Pace University, NYC

Respondent : Vincent Gillespie, Oxford University

II.Session 253: Friday, May 6, 1:30 pm, Valley II LeFevre Lounge
Renaissance Medievalism I: Religious Writers and Readers
Presider: Martha W. Driver

Letters from the Tower: John Rastell's Printing Demurrers
Amos Lee Laine, Hampden-Sydney College

An Elizabethan Library: The Incunabula and Medieval MSS of John Foxe, Martyrologist
T.S. Freeman, University of Sheffield

Kateryn Rudston and the Anglo-Saxon Stowe Psalter in the 16c
Janet Schrunk Ericksen, University of Minnesota-Morris

III. Session 332: Friday, May 6, 3:30 pm, Fetzer 2016
Renaissance Medievalism II: Medieval MSS and Early Printed Books
Presider: Tom Freeman

Proto-Protestant Chaucer and the Power of the Margins
Paul J. Patterson, University of Notre Dame

Speght's Chaucer of 1602 and the English Epigrammatists
M. Leigh Harrison, Cornell University

‘Safe Leyvred Wythoute Parelle': Julitta and Quiricus to the Rescue (Wellcome MS 632, Beinecke MS 410, BL Sloane MS 783b)
Mary Morse, Rider University


IV. Session 422: Saturday, May 7, 1:30 pm, Sangren 3101
West Meets East: the Importance of Greek, Hebrew and Arabic MSS to Medieval Studies
co-sponsored with the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes
Presider: Patricia Stirnemann, IRHT-Paris

Pinakes: a Comprehensive Database of Greek MSS
Pierre Augustin, IRHT-Paris

A Thirteenth-Century Glossary of Hebrew, Latin, French and English Words
Judith Olszowy, IRHT-Paris

Projet de répetoire de manuscrits arabes dans les bibliothèques de Turqui
Marc Geoffroy, IRHT-Paris

Respondent: Anne-Marie Eddé, Director, IRHT-Paris


V. Session 511: Saturday, May 7, 3:30 pm, Fetzer 1055
Picturing Creation and its Creatures in MSS and/or Early Printed Books
Presider: Janetta Rebold Benton, Pace University / The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Hebrew Troubadour and his Scribe: MS Munich Cod. Heb. 128
Susan Einbinder, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Making Science, Making Books: The Medieval Tractatus de herbis in Print
Jean A. Givens, University of Connecticut

Seeing and Understanding: Caxton's Woodcuts in the Myrrour of the Worlde
Maidie Hilmo, University of Victoria

EBS in Belfast, July 2005
‘New Finds in Old Books and MSS, 1350 – 1550,' the ninth biennial conference of the Early Book Society, will be held at the Queen's University, Belfast, from July 3 - 7, 2005. The international conference is open to all members of the Early Book Society. Speakers and participants include: Mari Agata, Alexandra Barratt, Virginia Blanton, Julia Boffey, Barbara Bordalejo, Elizabeth J. Bryan, Mary Carruthers, Gavin Cole, Joyce Coleman, Margaret Connolly, Orietta Da Rold, Judith Deitch, A.I. Doyle, Martha Driver, Siân Echard, Rebecca Farnham, Susanna Fein, Joel Fredell, T.S. Freeman, Alexandra Gillespie, Carrie Griffin, Carl Grindley, Mary Hamel, John Hines, Simon Horobin, Sanae Ikeda, Takako Kato, George Keiser, Stephen Kelly, Jeanne Krochalis, Joyce Kubiski, Erik Kwakkel, Anthony Martin, Julia Marvin, Rod McConchie, Frances McSparran, Anthony Martin, Darin A. Merrill, Linne R. Mooney, Charlotte C. Morse, Jason O'Rourke, Niamh Pattwell, Derek Pearsall, Matti Peikola, Oliver Pickering, Jean-Pascal Pouzet, Susan Powell, Mark Purcell, Sherry L. Reames, Martha Rust, Jacob Thaisen, Toshiyuki Takamiya, John Thompson, Satoko Tokunaga, Michael A. Torregrossa, Daniel Wakelin, Edward Wheatley, Alison Wiggins, Deirdre Wildey, and Gilly Wraight. Conference information and registration forms are being sent out in February. The final conference program will be mailed to the membership in May. Inquiries about attending may be directed to Martha Driver (MDriver@pace.edu) or John Thompson (J.Thompson@qub.ac.uk).

Belfast Expeditions and Activities
Among other plans, we plan to hold our banquet in the City Hall, a magnificent structure built in 1906 in the center of Belfast (with a dance floor for the ceilidh). A reception will be held in the Queen's University Visitors' Center (which also features photographs of local celebrities, Seamus Heaney among them) and another in the local bookshop No Alibis, Northern Ireland's only specialist crime bookstore, hosted by the owner David Torrans. Conferees will visit an exhibition of collections from the University library, along with exhibitions of rare books at the Union Theological College and elsewhere in the city of Belfast. A panel of local archivists and curators have been invited to discuss their collections in a conference session devoted to important collections in the area. A day-trip to local sites, including holy wells, the Giants' Ring, stone crosses, St Patrick's tomb, with a meal to be taken in the picturesque fishing village of Strangford Lough, is offered to conferees who wish to stay the extra day. A fuller description of activities in the area was presented in the fall 2004 Newsletter. More information about the conference may also be found at http://www.qub.ac.uk/ebs 2005. Other helpful websites include www.qub.ac.uk/university/webpages/belfast.htm and www.belfastcity.gov.uk.

EBS Announces New Book Series
The projected series, Texts and Transitions: Studies in the History of MSS and Printed Books, is based on the ideals and aims of the Early Book Society. Through Brepols, EBS will publish monographs dealing with late medieval manuscripts and early printed books to about 1550, particularly those that explore the transition from manuscript to print and questions to do with readers and literacy, owners and patronage, the dissemination of texts, and the reception of medieval texts. A ‘text' may be either a word or an image, where a picture serves also as a text that can be read and interpreted.  The focus is mainly on manuscripts and books produced in England or for the English market, and closely related French and Continental works. Books to be encouraged would include monographs of about 250 - 300 pages, collections of previously published essays by one author (updated and revised), or in some cases essay collections with a clearly unified theme or one main subject.  It is anticipated that most of the monographs to be published would include illustrations. Pictures would be reproduced in black and white, though color illustrations may be included in special cases. Authors are responsible for purchasing photographs and securing the permissions to reproduce them.

The immediate organizers and general editors of the series are Martha Driver (Pace University, NY) and Derek Pearsall (Harvard University, emeritus ). The advisory board comprises scholars expert in the various fields of late medieval and early modern literature and culture and in the history of manuscripts and books. The members of the board are: Julia Boffey (Queen Mary, University of London), Jennifer Britnell (University of Durham), Ardis Butterfield (University College, London), Philippa Hardman (University of Reading), Dieter Mehl (University of Bonn), Alastair Minnis (Ohio State University), Oliver Pickering (Brotherton Library, Leeds), John Scattergood (Trinity College, Dublin), and John Thompson (Queen's University, Belfast). Those interested in inquiring about submissions should contact Simon Forde at Brepols simon.forde@brepols.net, Derek Pearsall derek@apearsall.fsnet.co.uk or Martha Driver mdriver@pace.edu.

JEBS 8 in Progress
JEBS 8 , forthcoming in summer 2005, will be sent to all members who have paid their annual dues. 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 9.

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 and Related Literatures, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York Y01 7EP UK. Inquiries are welcome LRM3@York.ac.uk. Please send brief descriptions (150-450 words) of little- or lesser-known collections and libraries of interest to the Society 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. Sue may be contacted at S.Powell@salford.ac.uk. For general information, contact M.Driver@pace.edu.

Subscription Information
While many EBS members have ordered JEBS 8, the current issue, with their membership renewal, further copies must 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 can 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). A membership renewal form for 2004-2005, which includes the cost of JEBS 8, may be found at this site (.pdf form or .html form). Members are asked, however, to pay their dues promptly. Members in the UK and elsewhere who pay Julia Boffey in pounds sterling should already have done so, so Journal orders may be placed with Pace UP in a timely fashion. US members paying in dollars should pay not later than the annual business meeting at Western Michigan (May 6, 2005). JEBS may also be ordered separately from Pace UP, which accepts credit cards.

 

Constabulary Notes from All Over
Map Thief Jailed
Peter Bellwood, 52, a landscape gardener once on Scotland Yard's "Ten most wanted" list, has been jailed for his theft of 50 maps from the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2000, he further admitted six charges of theft of antique maps, and with another British map thief, he is believed to have taken approximately 4,500 maps missing from libraries across Europe. Bellwood is also the subject of an extradition request from Denmark, where he is wanted for numerous alleged thefts.

Lost Leaves from Liège Collection
EBS member Judy Oliver writes that several leaves of the large folio 1248 Bible of Leau in the Mus é e d'Art Religieux et d'Art Mosan in Li è ge, Belgium, were sliced out a number of years ago. One was sold at Christie's and has now been claimed and returned to Li è ge. A second leaf was offered by Jorn Gunther in Hamburg in 2002 and was recently sold by Sam Fogg in London to an unknown owner. It is the illuminated leaf for Leviticus. An illustration has been reproduced in Le Soir (Brussels, 26 March 2004). If anyone discovers the whereabouts of this leaf, please contact the museum in Liège.

Kentucky Book Thieves Nabbed
Members on the EBS chatline received e-mails at Christmas concerning a theft of rare books from the library at Transylvania University, which included a first edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species , an edition of the Hortus Sanitatis , printed for Antoine V érard ca. 1500, an illuminated manuscript written at Winchester in 1425, and twenty Audubon sketches. In the robbery, the Special Collections librarian was stunned with a Taser, tied up and gagged. Arrested in February and charged with the theft were Spencer W. Reinhard, a student at Transylvania; Warren C. Lipka, a student at the University of Kentucky; and Charles T. Allen II. Four days following the December theft, the men tried to sell the stolen items to Christie's. David Beyer, a spokesman for the FBI in Louisville, declined to discuss further details about the attempted sale.

Grants Supporting MS and Book Research
The Hill Monastic Manuscript Library invites applications for research stipends from the A.A. Heckman Fund. Up to 10 stipends of up to $1,500 are awarded annually to defray the cost of travel accommodation, microfilm reproduction, and other expenses. Undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral scholars are eligible. Applicants should send a letter of application, a c.v., a one-page description of the research project and a confidential letter of recommendation from their advisor, thesis director, mentor (or in the case of postdoctoral candidates, colleague) to Committee on Research, Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, Bush Center, Box 7300, Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN 56321-7300. Awards are made on 15 April for study undertaken between January and June and 15 November for study planned between July and December. For more information, see: http://www.hmml.org/scholars/research/heckman.asp.

The Newberry Library in Chicago invites applicants for two types of research funding: long-term fellowships with a stipend of up to $40,000 and short-term fellowships, intended for postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D. candidates outside the Chicago area who have a specific need to use the Newberry collections. For more information and to download application materials, visit www.newberry.org For materials to be sent by mail, write to: Committee on Awards, Newberry Library, 60 West Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610-3380 USA. E-mail: research@newberry.org.

NEH Research Fellowships: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, 2004-2005
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).

Schallek Fellowships and Awards
The Medieval Academy collaborates with the Richard III Society-American Branch in offering a full-year fellowship and five graduate student awards. The fellowship and awards are supported by a generous gift to the Richard III Society from William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek. The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The annual application deadline is 15 October.

The Schallek awards support graduate students conducting research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials. The cost of books or equipment (e.g., computers) is not included. The annual application deadline is 15 February. Applicants to both Schallek programs must be members of the Medieval Academy. Graduate students who are members of the Medieval Academy and who seek support to research and write Ph.D. dissertations on topics related to medieval Britain before 1350 or on any other medieval topic should apply to the Medieval Academy Dissertation Grant program. For more information, contact the Medieval Academy, http://www.medievalacademy.org.

Conferences, Colloquia, Talks, Exhibitions of Interest to EBS Members
Mar 11-12: Medieval Association of the Pacific Annual Meeting, San Francisco State University. Contact Siân Echard, sian@interchange.ubc.ca.

Mar 12–13: Medieval Domesticity: Home, Housing, and Household , Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus, NYC. Contact medievals@fordham.edu.

Mar 16-19: Society for Textual Scholarship, New York University. For more information, contact Theresa L. Tinkle at tinkle@umich.edu.

Mar 31–Apr 2: Annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, hosted by Florida International University and the University of Miami, in Miami, Fla. See http://www.medievalacademy.org.

April 7-9: Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. Queens' College, Clare College and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK. For more information, see http://eir.library.utoronto.ca/rsa/cambridge2005/conf/.

April 8-9: Outlaws, Outcasts, and Heretics in the Middle Ages, Thirty-Second Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium . Contact: Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 37383-1000. E-mail: sridyard@sewanee.edu.

May 18–22 "Crown and Veil: The Art of Female Monasticism," sponsored by the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, and the Ruhrlandmuseum, Essen, in Bonn and Essen.Contact: Jan Gerchow jan.gerchow@ruhrlandmuseum.essen.de or Petra Marx marx@kah-bonn.de.

July 8-10: Rhetoric of the Anchorhold , the International Anchoritic Society Conference, in Powys, Wales. Contact Liz Herbert McAvoy ehm@le.ac.uk or Denis Renevey renevey@unfri.ch.

July 15-18: Making the Medieval Manuscript: Book Production in Britain 1375-1525, Tenth York Manuscripts Conference. Contact: Linne R. Mooney LRM3@york.ac.uk. Website: http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/cms/centre/manuconf.htm.

Sept 13-17: Regionalism and Internationalism: Problems of Paleography and Codicology in the Middle Ages, meeting of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine, at the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna. Contact: Prof. Dr. Otto Kresten, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Kommission für Schrift- und Buchwesen des Mittelalters, Postgasse 7-9/4. Stiege/3. Stock, A-1010 Vienna, Austria CIPL2005@oeaw.ac.at. Website: http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ksbm/.

Sept 14-16: “The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court,” Courtauld Institute, London.

Dec 8–10: "The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West, " a conference discussing Cambridge collections, with visits to the Parker, Wren and Pepys Libraries, held in conjunction with exhibitions at the University Library and the Fitzwilliam Museum.