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Houghton Hosts Spring Lectures

E. Gordon Duff -- bibliographer, librarian, and scholar -- is the subject of the 77th George Parker Winship Lecture.
March 5, 2003 - Houghton Library's spring lecture schedule is full and covers a range of topics. The George Parker Winship Lecture series includes presentations on 19th century bibliographer Gordon Duff and the rise and decline of great libraries. The Philip and Frances Hofer Lecture explores technical advances in 19th century nature printing and the Friends of the Harvard College Library presentation follows a day in the life of a curator. All lectures will be held in the Edison and Newman Room of Houghton Library. Details follow.

E. Gordon Duff: The Scholar as Collector by Arnold Hunt, Research Fellow, University of Nattingham, will address the life of Duff, a bibliographer and librarian at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England in the late nineteenth century. Duff was a scholar of 15th and 16th century printing and bookbinding and wrote extensively on these topics. He was co-founder of the Oxford Bibliographical Society and assisted the Cambridge University Library with book purchases. The lecture is the 77th George Parker Winship Lecture and will be presented Wednesday, March 12, 4:30pm.

In the 19th century the technique of nature printing was a popular means of botanical illustration. The lecture, The English Tradition in Nature Printing, given by Roderick Cave, author of The Private Press, explores the technical advances that enabled the botanical illustrations of Alois Auer in Vienna and Henry Bradbury in London. It looks also at the industrial developments in printing objects, such as lace, as well as the interaction between printing and early photographic techniques. A Philip and Frances Hofer Lecture, it will be presented Monday, March 31, 5:30pm.

In A Day in the Life of a Curator, Leslie Morris, Curator of Manuscripts, Houghton Library, will seek to illuminate the range of expectations modern curators face, from negotiating acquisition contracts, to interacting with living authors who are potential donors, to answering reference questions. The lecture is a Friends Spring Event and will be presented Thursday, April 10, 5:30pm.

The Rise and Decline of Libraries of Learning, given by Kenneth E. Carpenter, Assistant Director for Research Resources in the Harvard University Library, Retired, will present key moments in the creation and history of extraordinary institutions devoted to scholarship. The lecture is the 78th George Parker Winship Lecture and will be presented Tuesday, April 15, 4:30pm



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