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About the 2020 Foxcroft Lecture
Find out what a single leaf reveals about the early Tudor book trade as we follow the trail of a unique scrap of English printing, stolen from a London press in 1519 and acquired by State Library Victoria in 1923. Joseph J Gwara will solve this bibliographical whodunit and nab the Oxford thief who removed the fragment from an otherwise lost edition of the anti-French satirical poem A treatise of a Galaunt.
About Joseph J Gwara
Joseph J Gwara is Professor of Spanish at the United States Naval Academy. He is the recipient of the Katharine F Pantzer Jr Research Fellowship in the History of the Printed Book (Bibliographical Society, 2014) and the Katharine F Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades (Bibliographical Society of America, 2008). He is currently researching the 16th-century output of the printer Wynkyn de Worde and his circle.
About the annual Foxcroft Lecture
The annual Foxcroft Lecture honours the pioneering bibliographer Albert Broadbent Foxcroft who began working at State Library Victoria in 1902 at the age of 17 until his untimely death in 1938. He left an enduring legacy of scholarship and was highly regarded and influential in developing the Library's rare books collection during the 1920s and 1930s.