The transition from handwritten to printed books in the 15th century is described by commentators not only as a technological innovation, but as a definitive philosophical shift in European culture from the ‘medieval’ to the ‘modern’.
In this talk, Anna Welch will use the Library's rich holdings of medieval manuscripts and early printed books to explore the technical, social and religious dimensions of this slow and complex change.
About the speaker
Anna Welch is a book historian working in the Library's History of the Book collection. She is co-curator of the Library's free Mirror of the world: books and ideas exhibition, and recently published a monograph based on her doctoral research into Italian manuscripts, Liturgy, books and Franciscan identity in medieval Umbria (Brill, The Medieval Franciscans 12, 2015).
Rare Book Week
This free event is presented as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week (30 June – 9 July), celebrating books, the printed word and literary heritage.