Kristeller Lecture on Book-Trade in 15th Century Venice

(NEW YORK, April 14, 2009) The 2009 Paul O. Kristeller Lecture will feature Cristina Dondi, visiting researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, speaking on "The Venetian Book-Trade in the 15th Century: Material Evidence for the Economic and Social History of the Renaissance." The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at the Social Hall, Union Theological Seminary at 3041 Broadway at 121st Street and is free and open to the public.


The publication of the Bodleian catalogue of incunabula has been a turning point in incunabula studies. Professor Dondi will discuss evidence gathered from thousands of surviving 15th-century books used to assess the extent of the book-trade and how it contributed to the economic history of Renaissance Venice.

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Cristina Dondi graduated from Milan, Univ. Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Mediaeval History and Palaeography, and obtained her PhD in History from Kings College London. She worked for 10 years at the Oxford Bodleian Library towards the publication of the 6-volume catalogue of incunabula of that collection, the fifth largest in the world (published in 2005) and was the first Lyell Research Fellow in the History of the Early Modern Printed Book, Univ. of Oxford, Lincoln College. Dondi since has been a member of the History Faculty continuing her research and teaching Italian Palaeography and History of the early printed book for the History and Modern Languages faculties. She is a visiting researcher at the newly founded Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Library.

The Kristeller Occassional Lectures in Western Cultural History before 1800 are made possible by a bequest from the late Professor Kristeller to the Columbia University Libraries.

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