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Rare Books Group Annual Seminar

Friday, 25 November 2016 (All day)


'Book Collecting in Ireland and Britain, 1650-1850'


Friday, 25 November 2016


Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2


*This event is organised by the Rare Books Group in conjunction with the British Book History Research Network and the Edward Worth Library, Dublin.




10.00: Registration


10.30-11.30: Ireland:

  • Dr Bernadette Cunningham (Royal Irish Academy): ‘Manuscripts and books in the lives of Tadhg Ó Rodaighe and Roderic O’Flaherty’
  • Barbara McCormack (Maynooth University): ‘The Otway-Maurice collection: Ecclesiastical collecting in late seventeenth to mid eighteenth-century Ireland’


11.30-12.00: Coffee break


12.00-1.00: Scotland and Wales:

  • Dr Karen Baston (University of Edinburgh): ‘Two Eighteenth-Century Scottish Lawyers’ Libraries: Lord Tinwald, Lord Alva, and their Book Collections’
  • Thomas Lloyd: ‘Country House collecting in eighteenth-century Wales’


1.00-2.00 Lunch


2.00-3.00: England:

  • Dr David Pearson (Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries at the City of London Corporation): ‘Motives for book collecting in late seventeenth-century England’
  • Dr Rebecca Bowd (Special Collections, Leeds University Library): ‘Lending Libraries in Georgian Leeds, 1768-1815’


3.00-3.30: Coffee break


3.30-4.30: Keynote Lecture:

  • Professor Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen (University of St. Andrew’s): ‘The Library as a Weapon of State. The Fagel Collection in Dublin’
  • Respondent: Professor Michael Brown (Chair of Irish, Scottish and Enlightenment History, University of Aberdeen)


5.00: Launch of Dr Karen Attar’s The Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland (London: Facet, 2016)


Seminar fee: LAI members €40; non-LAI members €50; Students/retirees: €20; Four free places for unwaged LAI members on first-come, first-served basis.

Registration: Please email the RBG Secretary at (please indicate your fee status).