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Speaker: Stuart Kells
What constitutes a rare or desirable book? How have these concepts changed over time? The international hunt for Shakespearean texts is closely intertwined with concepts of rarity, desirability and bibliographical integrity.
Professor Stuart Kells will explore the search for Shakespearean books, including volumes from Shakespeare’s own library, as a window into the mindset of bibliophiles and bibliomaniacs. Informed by examples from the State Library’s own collections, the talk will also shed light on how Shakespeare has been collected and appreciated in the New World.
Light refreshments will be available.