Detailed Schedule: Researching Early Modern Manuscripts and Printed Books


Saturday, June 15, 2013
New York Public Library, Stephen A Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue
2-4 PM: Introduction to the Research Library and Rare Books Collection.



Week 1: Introduction to Manuscripts
Monday, June 17, 2013
The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)
9–10 AM: Coffee and tea
10 AM–12 PM: overview of reading list and visits to collections, schedule of participants’ presentations (possible topics & commitment to schedule), and presentations by seminar directors Clare Carroll on manuscripts and Marc Caball on William Beadel and early modern printed books


2–4 PM: Discussion of preliminary readings on the study of manuscripts.
Bernhard Bischoff, “Codicology,” In Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, pp. 1–48.
R. Clemens and T. Graham, “Writing Supports,” In Introduction to Manuscript Studies (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2997), pp. 1-17.



Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Morning, 10 AM–12 PM: Seminar at the Graduate Center: Discussion of reading on manuscripts and illuminated manuscripts
R. Clemens & T. Graham, “Text and Decoration,” in Introduction to Manuscript Studies, pp. 18- 34 & “Books of Hours,” in Introduction to Manuscript Studies, pp. 208-222.


The Chang Room, The Columbia Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection, Butler Library, W. 116th Street and Broadway
2-4PM: Afternoon: Introduction to Late Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, presentation by Karla Nielsen



Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Graduate Center, CUNY
10 AM–12 PM: Discussion of:
Anthony Grafton, “The Humanist as Reader,” in G. Cavallo and R. Chartier, A History of Reading in the West, pp. 179-212.
Brian Richardson, “The Contexts and Characteristics of Manuscript Circulation,” Manuscript Culture in Renaissance Italy, pp. 1-58.
Armando Petrucci, “Reading and Writing Volgare in Medieval Italy,” Chapter 9 of Writers and Readers in Medieval Italy, pp. 169-235.


Recommended reading: Albert Derolez, The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books: From the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Centuries (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Adriano Cappelli, ed., Dizionario di Abbreviature latine ed italiane. Milano: Ulrico Hoepli, 1979. German edition available on-line:


The Morgan Library, 225 Madison Avenue
Afternoon, 2–4 PM: Presentation by Roger Wieck, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts on Books of Hours

Recommended reading:

Roger S. Wieck, “The Death Desired:  Books of Hours and the Medieval Funeral,” Death and Dying in the Middle Ages, Edelgard E. DuBruck and Barbara I. Gusick, eds., New York, 1999, 431-76.

R.N. Swanson, Religion and Devotion in Europe, c. 1215-c. 1515, Cambridge, 1995.

E. Duffy, The Stripping of the altars:  Traditional Religion in England, c. 1400-c. 1580, New Haven, 1992:  Part I:  “The Structures of Traditional Religion.”

Roger S. Wieck, Painted Prayers: The Book of Hours in Medieval and Renaissance Art (New York: George Braziller, 1999).



Thursday, June 20

3PM-5PM: New  York Public Library, Rare Books Reading Room, Room 328,
Jessica Pigza will hold individual appointments with seminar participants.
Before coming to NYPL Rare Books, please use the following form to set up a meeting, ask a question, or request materials in the Rare Book Division:



Friday, June 21, 2013

Optional field trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Meet at 5:30 PM, near the Information Desk in the center of the entrance hall. Proceed to the Roof Garden Café (where you can see a panoramic view of NYC) for drinks and snacks or sandwiches.  Spend 6:30-8:30 PM touring the galleries.



Week 2: Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Manuscripts
Monday, June 24, 2013
10 AM–12 PM: The Graduate Center, CUNY, Introduction to sixteenth and seventeenth-century English manuscripts
Heather Wolfe (Curator of Manuscripts, Folger Shakespeare Library) on early modern English paleography

Hillary Marshall, Palaeography for Family and Local Historians, (The History Press, Phillimore, 2010).

Recommended reading: Laetitia Yeandle and Jean F. Preston, English Handwriting 1400-1650: An Introductory Manual (Binghamton: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1992).


2–4 PM: Joint presentation by Earle Havens and Alexandra Walsham (Professor of Modern History, Cambridge) on their work on manuscripts of Renaissance library collections: “Reconstructing Underground Elizabethan Libraries from Catholic Sources”
Earle Havens, “Notes from the Literary Underground: Recusant Catholics, Jesuit Priests and Manuscript Culture in Elizabethan England,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (December 2005): 5-52.

Alexandra Walsham, “Domme Preachers? Post-Reformation English Catholicism and the Culture of Print,” Past and Present, no. 168 (2000), pp. 72-123.

Alexandra Walsham and Earle Havens, “Catholic Libraries: An Introduction” (forthcoming in Private Libraries of Renaissance England, 2013).



Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The Graduate Center, CUNY
9 AM–10:30 AM: Earle Havens (Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University) “Post Gutenberg Scribal Culture”
“The Hybridity of Renaissance Manuscript and Print: Interleaved Illustrated Emblem Books Used as Alba Amicorum
Margaret F. Rosenthal, “Fashions of Friendship in an Early Modern Illustrated Album Amicorum: British Library, MS Egerton 1191″
Recommended reading:  Harold Love, Chap. 2 ‟Publication in the Scribal Medium”; Chap. 5, “Social Uses of the Scribally Published Text,” in The Culture and Commerce of Texts: Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998)


1–3 PM: Heather Wolfe (Curator of Manuscripts, Folger Library): Early Modern English Paleography

Laetitia Yeandle and Jean F. Preston, English Handwriting 1400-1650: An Introductory Manual (Binghamton: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1992).

Recommended reading: Mark Bland, A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010): Chapter 3, pp. 49-82Chapter 4, pp. 83-121Chapter 5, pp. 122-148.



Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Hispanic Society of America, 613 West 155th Street
10 AM–12 PM: John O’Neill (Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books & Head of the Library) on early modern Spanish paleography (transcription manual) (developed by the Dominican Studies Center at CCNY, it is focused on documents pertaining to the Dominican Republic but, obviously, is relevant for all manuscripts/documents).


2–4 PM: Lía Schwartz (Distinguished Professor, Spanish and Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center), the editing of a Spanish humanist manuscript

Francisco de Quevedo, La Hora de todos y la fortuna con seso, a new critical and annotated edition, Lía Schwartz (ed.), Madrid: Clásicos Castalia, 2009), pp. 39- 44 (Noticia bibliográfica); pp. 150-170 (chapters 17 and 18); pp. 381-403 (Aparato critico).  English translation by John Stevens of the introductory material and chapters 17 and 18.

Michael Hunter, Editing Early Modern Texts: An Introduction to Principles and Practice (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007)

Recommended reading: Francisco de Quevedo, La Fortuna con seso y la hora de todos, a critical and annotated edition, Madrid: Castalia, 2003. Vol. II, pp. 561-810, in Complete Works; general editor: Alfonso Rey.

Francisco de Quevedo, Fortune in her Wits, and the Hour or All Men, translated into English by John Stevens of LA FORTUNA CON SESO Y LA HORA DE TODOS (1650) and published in 1697. Now edited and revised by Leon Stephens, Pluramon, 2012, 115 pp. (Paperback). The original is also available on EEBO.



Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Graduate Center, CUNY
9–10 AM: The debates about authorship and early modern English drama: manuscripts and printing: discussion of readings:
Grace Ioppolo, Dramatists and their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson and Middleton: Authorship, Authority and the Playhouse (Routledge, 2006):  Chapter 1, pp. 11-44; Chapter 3, pp. 75-99; Chapter 4, pp. 100-133.

W W Greg, ‘The Rationale of Copy-Text’, Studies in Bibliography. available online at:

Recommended reading: E. A. J. Honigmann, The Stability of Shakespeare’s Text (London: E. Arnold, 1965).

Fredson Bowers, On Editing Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Dramatists (University of Pennsylvania Library, 1965).

R. B. McKerrow, ‘The Elizabethan Printer and Dramatic Manuscripts’, The Library 1931.


10-10:30: coffee break


10:30 AM–1 PM: Grace Ioppolo (Professor of Shakespearean and Early Modern Drama, Department of English, University of Reading) on the digitization of the Henslowe-Alleyn papers and its impact on the study of Shakespeare and early modern drama



Week 3: The Early Modern Printed Book
Monday, July 1, 2013:
The Graduate Center, CUNY
10 AM–12 PM: Analytical Bibliography of Early Modern Printed Books
Reading: Philip Gaskell, A New Introduction to Bibliography, “Book Production: The Hand Press Period 1500-1800,” pp. 5-170.

Recommended reading: Mark Bland, A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010): Chapter 3, pp. 49-82; Chapter 4, pp. 83-121; Chapter 5, pp. 122-148.
John Carter. ABC for Book Collectors. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953


The Morgan Library, 225 Madison Avenue
2–4 PM: Presentation by John Bidwell (Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings): Analytical Bibliography: The Format of Early Modern Printed Books



Tuesday, July 2, 2013:
Burke Library, Union Theological Seminary, Broadway and West 120th Street
10AM–12 NOON: Presentation by Matthew Baker, Collection Services Librarian, and Alexis Hagadorn (Head of Conservation) and Jennifer Jarvis (Mellon Conservator for Special Collections) at the McAlpin Collection, Burke Library, Union Theological Seminary
Peter Stallybrass,“Books and Scrolls: Navigating the Bible,” Books and Readers in Early Modern England, Edited by J. Andersen and Elizabeth Sauer, U Penn, 2002, pp. 42–79.

The Grolier Club, 
2–5 PM: Introduction to the Grolier Club by Meghan Constantinou (Librarian), and presentation by Giles Mandelbrote 
(Archivist and Librarian, Lambeth Palace) : Early Modern Book Catalogues at the Grolier Club

Roland Folter, ‘An annotated checklist of catalogue literature’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 89:4 (December 1995), pp. 469-474.

Arnold Hunt, “Libraries in the Archives,” in Libraries within the Library, ed. G. Mandelbrote and B. Taylor (British Library, 2009), pp. 363-384.

Giles Mandelbrote, “Sloane’s Purchases at the sale of Robert Hooke’s Library.” in Libraries within the Library, ed. G. Mandelbrote and B. Taylor (British Library, 2009), pp. 98-145.

Giles Mandelbrote, “Personal owners of books,” in The Cambridge History of Libraries, vol. II, 1640-1850, ed. G. Mandelbrote and K.A. Manley (Cambridge, 2006), pp. 173-189.

David Pearson, “Sale Catalogues” and “Catalogues and Lists of Private Libraries,” Provenance research in book history (British Library, 1994).  


Recommended reading:

Archer Taylor, Book Catalogues: their varieties and uses (1957; second edition, revised by Wm. P. Barlow, St Paul’s Bibliographies, 1986).

A. Growoll and Wilberforce Eames, Three Centuries of English Booktrade Bibliography (New York, 1903; repr. Holland Press, London, 1964).
Robin Myers, Michael Harris and Giles Mandelbrote (eds), Under the Hammer: book auctions since the seventeenth century (Oak Knoll Press & British Library, 2001).

Graham Pollard and Albert Ehrman, The Distribution of Books by Catalogue (Roxburgh Club, 1965).  Available at Columbia Rare Books B015.42 P763

Michael Suarez, ‘English book sale catalogues as bibliographical evidence’, The Library, 6th ser., 21 (1999), 321-60.



Wednesday, July 3, 2013:
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue
10 AM–12 NOON: Arlene Shaner (Curator, Rare Books): presentation on sixteenth and seventeenth-century printed medical books at the New York Academy of Medicine

2–4 PM: Monica Calabritto (Associate Professor, Romance Languages, Hunter and The Graduate Center, CUNY): researching early modern printed medical books on madness Monica Calabritto. “Medicina practica, consilia and the Illnesses of the Head in Girolamo Mercuriale and Giulio Cesare Claudini: Similarities and Differences of the Sexes.” Medicina e storia. Vol. 11 (October 2006).
_________. “Curing Melancholia in Sixteenth-Century Medical Consilia, between Theory and Practice.” In Medicina nei secoli, monographic issue on the subject ‘Mali del corpo, mali dell’anima: malinconia, consunzione e mal d’amore tra medicina e letteratura’. Forthcoming, 2012



Week 4:
The CUNY Graduate Center
Reports by participants
July 8, 2013: 9:30 AM-12:30 and 2-5 PM


July 9, 2013: 9:30 AM-12:30 and 2-5 PM


July 10, 2013: 9:30 AM-12:30 and 2-5 PM

5:00-8:00 PM Final reception at the CUNY Graduate Center