Society for Renaissance Studies Annual Welsh Lecture

Event Date: 
24 Apr 2019

Dr David Pearson, “Book Owners in Early Modern Wales”

Brecon Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Brecon, LD3 9DP


24th April 2019, 6pm-7.45pm


The history of book collecting in Wales, and of book ownership more generally, during the handpress period is still to be written. Apart from a chapter on country house libraries, the much-respected Nation and its Books, by Jones and Rees, has only passing mentions of owners and private libraries among its many essays which approach Welsh book history more from the perspective of what was printed or written.  This talk cannot fill that gap but will offer some thoughts and pointers on evidence we may have to help complete the picture.


Dr David Pearson retired in 2017 after a career involved in managing libraries and collections, most recently in the City of London but also taking in other national, academic and special libraries in London and elsewhere. His books include Provenance Research in Book History (1994, new edition 2019), English Bookbinding Styles 1450-1800 (2005), and Books as History (2008). He is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, and his 2018 Lyell Lectures in Oxford focused on Book Ownership in Stuart England.


The event is free but we ask that you book.