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Paul Needham, Librarian, The Scheide Library: “The First Quarter Century of European Printing”

March 18, 2013

“The University of Pennsylvania Libraries invite you to attend the

Paul Needham, Librarian, The Scheide Library
“The First Quarter Century of European Printing”

Monday, March 18, 2013: “The 1450s: Bookmaking Inventions”
Tuesday, March 19, 2013: “The 1460s: Slow Diaspora”
Thursday, March 21, 2013: “1470-1475: The Sowing of Printing Shops”

Time: All lectures begin at 5:30PM

Class of 1978 Pavilion, Special Collections Center
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th floor
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

All lectures are free and open to the public.
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Since 1998, Paul Needham has served as the Curator of the Scheide Collection at the Princeton University Library, before which he worked at Sotheby’s and the Pierpont Morgan Library. He is on faculty at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. Widely acknowledged as the leading expert on Johannes Gutenberg and the early history of printing, Dr. Needham has written or contributed to more than 90 publications. His most recent book is Galileo Makes a Book: The First Edition of Sidereus nuncius, Venice 1610 (Akademie Verlag, 2011).

The Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography, established by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania in 1928, honors a gift for that purpose from A. S. W. Rosenbach, one of America’s greatest book dealers and collectors. The Rosenbach Lectures are intended to further scholarship and scholarly publication in bibliography and book history, broadly understood. Begun in 1931, when Christopher Morley served as first Rosenbach Fellow, the Rosenbach Lectures are the longest continuing series of bibliographical lectureships in the United States. Over the years, lecture topics have included fifteenth-century printing, the relationships between print and manuscript, papermaking, book illustration, American reading and publishing, and medical and scientific texts. Many of these lectures have been published as book-length studies by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Recent lecturers have included Roger Chartier, Robert Darnton, Anthony Grafton, David D. Hall, Janice Radway, Paul Saenger, Peter Stallybrass, Michael Warner, Alberto Manguel, and Elizabeth L. Eisenstein.

Several recent lectures are available as free podcasts at:


March 18, 2013
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Class of 1978 Pavilion, Special Collections Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th floor
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia , PA 19104-6206 United States
(215) 898-7555
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