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Houghton-Medieval Studies Lecture in Early Book History: "The Nuremberg Humanist Hartmann Schedel and his Books"

Monday, April 8, 2024, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Houghton Library
Open to the public, Reading/Lecture,

Registration is required. There are 69 seats available.

Houghton Library and the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies present Bettina Wagner on "The Nuremberg Humanist Hartmann Schedel and his Books: A Doctor, Chronicler, and Collector at the Transition from Manuscript to Print."

Hartmann Schedel (1440–1514) is best known today as the compiler of the Nuremberg Chronicle published in 1493 as a joint venture of the city’s elite. The book would not have been possible without the enormous library which the city doctor had amassed since his student days in Leipzig and Padua. Schedel’s collection, which still survives in large parts in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, is the largest private library in Germany from the late Middle Ages. Hundreds of items, including his autograph library catalogue, give an insight into his interests at the time of transition from manuscript to print.

Bettina Wagner is Director of the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg in Germany. She has a long history of working with incunabula and manuscripts, including at Oxford’s Bodleian Library and at the Bavarian State Library in Munich.

Reception to follow. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Image: Sexta etas mundi/Folium C, Nuremberg Chronicle (1493). CE57 .S3 1493. Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco.

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Hands-On Workshops

Join Bettina Wagner for a hands-on workshop, "Incunabula from Bavaria at Harvard," which will be offered twice on Thursday, October 19 at Houghton. Follow the links for more information and to register for the morning session or the afternoon session.

Persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations or have questions about physical access are encouraged to contact Houghton Library in advance of these events.

Event Organizer

Sara Powell