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Conduct literature for and about women in Italy: a new exhibition

By , 18 February 2014 9:00 am

“Lettere scritte da donna”, a book for women published in 1737. CCD.17.15

The  display cases outside the Map Department are hosting a new exhibition entitled ”Conduct literature for and about women in Italy: prescribing and describing life”.  The display  marks the conclusion of an 18-month Leverhulme Trust–Isaac Newton Trust co-funded project on the production of printed conduct literature for and about women in Italy, between 1470 and 1900. Undertaken by Principal Investigator Dr Helena Sanson and Research Associate Dr Francesco Lucioli, and providing a systematic study of women’s conduct books over a broad chronological span, the project is the first of its kind in the field of Italian studies. A conference on the subject is being held in Cambridge on 20 and 21st March, and more information can be found here.

 This exhibition provides a visual illustration of the evolution of the genre over the centuries. From the 1500s onwards, with the diffusion of the printing press and the establishment of the vernacular as a language of culture, Italy saw a proliferation of works which sought to define the nature of women, their role in society and their conduct in everyday life. Focusing mainly on female behaviour and manners, these texts are often centred around a tripartite model of female life (virginity, marriage, widowhood), and are usually authored by men. Continue reading 'Conduct literature for and about women in Italy: a new exhibition'»

’Text and illustration in early books and manuscripts: A comparative study” conference report from Ed Potten and Laura Nuvoloni

By , 29 January 2014 12:20 pm

In December 2013, Ed Potten and Laura Nuvoloni travelled to Japan, at the invitation of Keio University, to participate in the international conference Text and illustration in early books and manuscripts: A comparative study. The conference, held on 13 and 14 December, was organised by Professor Takami Matsuda and Dr Satoko Tokunaga of the EIRI Project, with the collaboration of Dr Mayumi Ikeda, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  Keio University and Cambridge University have long had close ties. Cambridge’s copy of the Gutenberg Bible was the first to be digitized by the HUMI Project team in November 1998, led by Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, himself a long-standing friend of Cambridge University Library and member of the Library’s Visiting Committee.

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A Rare Books Advent Calendar: 25th December

By , 25 December 2013 8:30 am

With all good wishes for Christmas

“I had been watching a little solitary robin, as he hopped from bough to bough, when suddenly the bright, clear bells of the village church rang out their cheery invitation to the service”.
From The Christmas bells, by Alfred Miles; part of “The bright surprise for little eyes” series (London: [1884?]), classmark 1884.7.702



A Rare Books Advent Calendar: 24th December

By , 24 December 2013 8:30 am

Priscilla Underwood, When Christmas comes around (London: 1915), classmark 1916.11.3

A Rare Books Advent Calendar: 22nd December

By , 22 December 2013 8:30 am

“Down the hillside, to the very edge”, from Jack Frost’s Oh dear look at the snow (London: 1884), classmark 1884.11.51

A Rare Books Advent Calendar: 21st December

By , 21 December 2013 8:30 am

The Nativity, from fol. XCV verso of the Liber Chronicarum, or Nuremberg Chronicle (Nuremberg: 1493), classmark Inc.0.A.7.2[888], the copy given to the Library in 1574 by Matthew Parker

A Rare Books Advent Calendar: 20th December

By , 20 December 2013 8:30 am

“I am the ghost of Christmas present”, said the Spirit. “Look upon me!”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas carol in prose, facing p. 78 (London: 1844), classmark Waddleton.d.9.1895

A Rare Books Advent Calendar: 19th December

By , 19 December 2013 8:30 am

Woodcut by Eric Gill, in the St Dominic’s Press edition of the Latin hymn Adeste Fideles, later translated into English as O Come, All Ye Faithful (Ditchling, Sussex: 1919), classmark Syn.5.91.24(11a)

A Rare Books Advent Calendar: 18th December

By , 18 December 2013 8:30 am

“The Wanderer and Everychild”, the frontispiece (set in Piccadilly Circus) from Harold Begbie’s Everychild: A Christmas morality (London: 1912?), classmark 1913.7.1028

A Rare Books Advent Calendar: 17th December

By , 17 December 2013 8:30 am

“Ghost stories round the Christmas fire”, from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas tree, facing p. 29 ([London]: 1911?), classmark 1911.7.2795