Islamic seals event

By , 10 May 2011 4:14 pm

 

Seal engraver

A seal engraver, drawn in the Kashmiri style, ca 1850. Add.Or.1692. © The British Library

On Thursday 19 May, Venetia Porter and Annabel Gallop will give a talk in the Library on ‘Islamic Seals: Treasures from the British Library and the British Museum’.

Venetia, from the British Museum, will introduce a millennium of Islamic seals, from the earliest lead and clay seals stamped on papyrus documents in Arabic, through early seals carved in carnelian, quartz, garnets and other semi-precious stones, to more recent seal matrices of silver and brass. Annabel, from the British Library, will pick up the story from the time that paper replaced papyrus and parchment as the main writing medium in the Islamic world, and will talk about Islamic seal impressions stamped on manuscript books and documents, treaties and royal letters.

This illustrated talk will be accompanied by a display of the travelling photographic exhibition ‘Lasting Impressions: Seals from the Islamic World’. It starts in the Library’s Morison Room at 5.30 p.m., and forms part of the programme of the Friends of the Library (see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/friends/programme.html). Friends of the Library: £2.50. Others: £3.50. (Junior members of the University of Cambridge: free.)

John Ruskin and the King James Bible

By , 10 May 2011 4:13 pm

Ruskin, like many English writers, was inspired by the King James Bible: not only its religious teaching but its rhythms, imagery and social subversiveness. On Tuesday 17 May, Cambridge poet and academic Clive Wilmer will give a talk in the University Library on ‘The “King James” as Literary Inspiration: John Ruskin and the Bible’.

The talk starts in the Library’s Morison Room at 5.30 p.m., and forms part of the programme of the Friends of the Library (see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/friends/programme.html). Friends of the Library: £2.50. Others: £3.50. (Junior members of the University of Cambridge: free.)

Before the talk, visitors may like to take the opportunity of viewing the Library’s current exhibition, ‘Great and Manifold Blessings: The Making of the King James Bible’, on display in the Exhibition Centre adjacent to the Morison Room (see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/exhibitions/KJV/).

Incunabula lecture

By , 10 May 2011 3:43 pm

On 7 June the incunabulist Paul Needham, Scheide Librarian at Princeton University, will give a masterclass at Cambridge University Library on collation and composition in the fifteenth century. Using CUL’s 42-line Gutenberg Bible as an exemplar, Paul will discuss how collation can be deduced and described and what can be learnt about the incunable press through unpicking a book’s collation.

The class will take place in the Sir Geoffrey Keynes Room at Cambridge University Library and will run from 2.00 until 3.30, including time for questions. Places will be limited to 15 and booking is essential. To reserve a place please email Katie Birkwood.

Illuminated initial from CUL's 42-line Bible - Inc.1.A.1.1(3761)