The George Peabody Library

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NEWS: The George Peabody Library. 17 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore.

The George Peabody Library, formerly the Library of the Peabody Institute of the City of Baltimore, dates from the founding of the Peabody Institute in 1857. In that year, George Peabody, a Massachusetts-born philanthropist, dedicated the Peabody Institute to the citizens of Baltimore in appreciation of their “kindness and hospitality.” The Peabody Institute, according to George Peabody’s charter, originally comprised a free public library, a lecture series, a conservatory of music and an art collection. The Institute is now a division of The Johns Hopkins University.

The Peabody Library building, which opened in 1878, was designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind, in collaboration with the first provost, Dr. Nathaniel H. Morison. Renowned for its striking architectural interior, the Peabody Stack Room contains five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, which rise dramatically to the skylight 61 feet above the floor. The ironwork was fabricated by the Bartlett-Robbins Company. The architecture of the Peabody Library is discussed in James D. Dilts and Catharine F. Black’s Baltimore’s Cast-Iron Buildings & Architectural Ironwork (1991).

Reflecting the scholarly interests of the nineteenth century, the library consists of a general reference collection on virtually every subject but music. The library contains more than 300,000 titles most of which date from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Notable strengths in the collection are archaeology, British art and architecture, British and American history, biography, English and American literature, Romance languages and literature, Greek and Latin classics, history of science, geography, and exploration and travel including a large map collection.

The Peabody Library remained part of the Peabody Institute until 1966 when the library collection was transferred to the City of Baltimore and administered as a department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The collection was transferred again in 1982, this time to The Johns Hopkins University. The George Peabody Library is now a part of the Special Collections Department of the university’s Sheridan Libraries. Maintaining the provisions of Mr. Peabody’s original gift, the George Peabody Library is a non-circulating collection open to the general public.

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Aldo Manuzio e la costruzione del mito

CONFERENCE: Aldo Manuzio e la costruzione del mito, Venezia, Università Ca’ Foscari (Aula Magna di Ca’ Dolfin) e Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Sala Sansovino), 26 – 28 febbraio 2015.

Programma

Giovedì 26 febbraio 2015, ore 15 - Aula Magna di Ca’ Dolfin
* Mario Infelise (Venezia), Introduzione.

L’uomo e l’editore
Presiede: Cesare De Michelis (Venezia)
* Catherine Kikuchi (Parigi), How did Aldus Manutius Start a Printing Dynasty? The Social and Economic Foundations of a Family Business
* Tiziana Plebani (Venezia), «Perché semo certi che chi nasce debbe morire»: Aldo di fronte alla morte
* Oren Margolis (Oxford), Printing, Sculpture, and the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
* John Butcher (Perugia), Aldo Manuzio editore dell’opera poetica di Giovanni Pontano
* Eirini Papadaki (Nicosia), L’edizione aldina delle opere di Platone e il platonismo rinascimentale.

Venerdì, 27 febbraio 2015, ore 9 – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Pubblicare i greci
Presiede: Georgios Ploumidis (Ioannina-Venezia)
* Nicolas Barker (Londra), A Manuscript Made for Pier Francesco Barbarigo
* Venetia Chatzopoulou (Atene), A Contribution to the Study of Aldine Editorship through Documents of the Humanist Library in Sélestat
* Stephanos Kaklamanis (Creta), Giovanni Gregoropulos collaboratore di Aldo. Manuzio
* David Speranzi (Firenze), Da Museo alla Bibbia. Appunti e riflessioni su esemplari di stampa, prassi ecdotica e editori greci in ambiente aldino
* Lorenzo Ciolfi (Parigi), «Quia nihil aliud cupio quam prodesse vobis, studiosi». Il contributo di Aldo Manuzio alla paremiologia moderna.

La materia dei libri Sessione in ricordo di Anthony Hobson
Presiede: Piero Scapecchi (Firenze)
* Ursula Rautenberg (Erlangen-Nürnberg), Aldine Title Pages. Design and Function
* Franca Alloatti, Carlo Federici, Federico Macchi, Elisabetta Sciarra e Melania Zanetti (Venezia), Le legature dei libri di Aldo
* Nicholas Pickwoad (Londra), Likewise Books Bound after What Manner You Please
* Giordano Castellani (Lugano), La citazione nelle edizioni aldine Randall McLeod (Toronto), The Birth of Italics.

Sabato 28 febbraio 2015, ore 9 - Aula Magna di Ca’ Dolfin
L’eredità manuziana
Presiede: Edoardo Barbieri (Milano)
* Isabelle de Conihout (Parigi), Hand illumination and decoration of Aldus’ books until the mid XVIth: A study-case from Jean Grolier’s Aldines
* Shanti Graheli (St Andrews), Aldo Manuzio e il Rinascimento francese
* Paolo Sachet (Londra), «Vivre, pour ainsi dire, au milieu de ces livres». La collezione aldina di Antoine-Augustin Renouard
* Stephen Milner (Manchester), Manutius in Manchester: Merchant Collectors in the Nineteenth Century
* Marina Venier (Roma), Gli «Aldi» in biblioteca: dalle raccolte delle corporazioni religiose romane alla Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale
* Anna Giulia Cavagna (Genova), Manuzio e la storiografia tra ‘500 e ‘800
* Nicolaus Weichselbaumer (Magonza), The Reception of Aldus Manutius as a Book Designer at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
* Neil Harris (Udine), Conclusioni.

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Fakes, Lies and Forgeries in Baltimore

Fakes

EXHIBITION: Fakes, Lies and Forgeries, The Johns Hopkins University, George Peabody Library Exhibition Hall, 17 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, 5 October 2014 – 1 February 2015.

In 2011, Johns Hopkins University acquired the world’s most comprehensive collection of rare books and manuscripts on the history of forgery in the West, some 1,700 items in all spanning the ancient world to the 20th century. This exhibition of 70 treasures from the collection explores the phenomenon of forgery as a creative literary form, and addresses particular highlights of this extraordinary gathering of scholarly materials from classical antiquity to the early decades of the 20th century.

Highlights will include: editions of Jesus’ posthumous “Letter from Heaven,” eyewitness accounts of the Fall of Troy, the only surviving autograph of the martyr Thomas Beckett, unpublished manuscript verses of Martin Luther expositing “The Lord’s Prayer, annotated books from Shakespeare’s personal library, archaeological excavations of ancient Etruscan manuscripts predicting the coming of Christ, a first-hand account of the discovery of Homer’s tomb, Alpine inscriptions recording Noah’s settlement of Vienna after the Flood, the only extant ancient Greek manuscript on ancient Byzantine painting, the conspiratorial Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and the “true” story of the early 20th-century Bata Kindai Amgoza ibn LoBagola, the self-proclaimed “African Savage” descended from the lost tribes of Israel. See selections from the exhibition here.

The curatorial team for this exhibition includes several Hopkins faculty and graduate students: Dr. Earle Havens, William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts; Professor Walter Stephens, Charles S. Singleton Professor of Italian Studies; and PhD candidates, and Denis Family Curatorial Fellows Janet Gomez (Italian), Neil Weijer (History), and John Hoffmann (English).

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I Lunedì della Conservazione

LECTURES: I Lunedì della Conservazione, Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova, via S. Biagio 7. Per informazioni: info@aicrab.org

AICRAB e Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova organizzano una serie di seminari sulla conservazione dei materiali librari che si svolgeranno con cadenza mensile, il lunedì pomeriggio alle ore 17.00. La partecipazione è gratuita, ma sarà necessario iscriversi on line seguendo le istruzioni che, di volta in volta, saranno impartite.

Programma

19 gennaio 2015
• Stefano Frassetto (Direttore Biblioteca Universitaria, Padova), Presentazione
• Melania Zanetti (Presidente AICRAB, restauratrice), Le ragioni di una crisi: come e perché la conservazione è finita in un vicolo cieco

16 febbraio 2015
• Carlo Federici (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia), Libri e beni culturali

23 marzo 2015
• Adriana Bernardi (ISAC, Istituto di Scienze dell’Atmosfera e del Clima, CNR, Padova), I parametri ambientali e la conservazione dei materiali archivistici e librari

20 aprile 2015
• Alfonso Zoleo (Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università di Padova), Le applicazioni della chimica alla conservazione della carta

18 maggio 2015
• Melania Zanetti (Presidente AICRAB, restauratrice), Restaurare bene è possibile: considerazioni in favore del restauro.

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Portraits du pouvoir dans la Naples des Aragon

PRÉSENTATION: Joana Barreto, La majesté en images. Portraits du pouvoir dans la Naples des Aragon, Roma 2013 (École française de Rome), 500 p., pl. coul., € 46. Mercredi 18 mars, Paris, INHA, Salle Demargne, de 18h à 20h.

De 1442 à 1501, les Aragonais occupent le trône napolitain. Grâce à une riche documentation textuelle et iconographique, cet ouvrage retrace la construction de l’imaginaire monarchique dans le royaume de Naples, puis sa diffusion dans les cours alliées et ennemies. Les portraits physiques des cinq rois de la branche aragonaise de Naples, ainsi que leurs portraits symboliques, notamment héraldique et emblématique, permettent l’étude de l’incarnation d’une identité napolitaine. Au-delà du corps royal, l’unité de la Couronne se dit aussi dans les portraits des serviteurs de l’État et ceux de la familia royale, tout comme dans les rituels, la mise en scène des résidences royales et ducales, et par la création d’un nouveau visage topographique de la capitale et du royaume.

L’expression de la souveraineté s’inscrit dans un vaste mouvement méditerranéen, envisagé des années 1420 au XVIIe siècle, de Valence à Naples, Florence, Ferrare, Barcelone ou Marseille. Le mécénat des rois de Naples et de leurs proches, ainsi que leur choix iconographiques, apparaissent respectueux des traditions aragonaises, angevines et souabes, mais aussi résolument modernes en dialogue avec les Flandres, l’Espagne et l’Italie contemporaines. Seule monarchie de la péninsule, ces vaincus de l’histoire, déchus lors des Guerres d’Italie, lèguent à l’Europe moderne le triomphe et le portrait à l’antique, la chronique monumentale, le portrait de ville et le portrait monétaire.

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College Librarian at Trinity, Cambridge

Wre-Library

JOB: College Librarian, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Applications are invited for the post of Librarian, in succession to Professor David McKitterick, who retires in September 2015. The applicant for the post should be a scholar, with a strong track-record in research in printed books and/or manuscripts, who will take leadership in shaping the future of library provision in the College, including uses of modern technology.

The applicant should have relevant experience in posts of responsibility in a research library, and possess a higher research degree and/or postgraduate qualification in librarianship (or a closely related field) or substantial equivalent experience. The successful applicant will preside over one of the finest collections of early printed books and manuscripts in the world, housed in the magnificent Wren Library. The Librarian will also take responsibility for the running of a large modern college library.

The Librarian is a Fellow of the College. His or her stipend will be on the professorial scale, which starts at £67,411, the point on the scale to be determined according to experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will also enjoy the other benefits of a College Fellowship, including a housing allowance or loan, and dining rights. The appointment will be probationary for 5 years, with renewal to the retiring age thereafter.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the names of three referees. Applications and references should be sent to the Senior Tutor. Applicants should ensure that their referees send references by the deadline.

Deadline: 20 February 2015. Interviews are expected to be held on 5 March 2015.

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e-codices: Call for collaboration 2015

CALL FOR COLLABORATION: e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland 2015.

Swiss manuscript collections and e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland would like to encourage collaboration with researchers in the field of manuscript scholarship by requesting that you, our scholarly users, suggest manuscripts that are important to your research for possible digitization and inclusion on the e-codices website.

We would like to use this collaborative method to make 25 additional medieval and modern manuscripts available on e-codices during the year 2015, within the scope of a project sponsored by the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities and Swiss University Conference. The manuscripts may represent any field of study, but should be of major significance for research in the respective fields.

Basic Requirements
* The manuscripts must be held in manuscript collections within Switzerland.
* The central importance of particular manuscripts to your research should be clearly demonstrated in the proposal.

What is expected of manuscript researchers in terms of collaboration?
* A proposal may be given special consideration if the researcher expresses willingness to enter into collaborative research with the respective manuscript collection and e-codices.
* This collaboration could involve the writing of a new scholarly description, or the editing or expansion of an existing description.
* A collaboration could also involve a digitization-based research project that demonstrates the advantages of making manuscript resources digitally available online.

What services will the Swiss manuscript collections and e-codices provide?
* Should your proposal be accepted by the Swiss manuscript collections and e-codices, the manuscript will be digitized, and e-codices will make it available on the e-codices website during calendar year 2015, without any additional costs on your account as a service in return for your scholarly contribution.

Deadline: 1 March 2015.

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Job: Redaktion & Oeffentlichkeitsarbeit

JOB: Redaktion & Oeffentlichkeitsarbeit, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rom.

An der Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte Rom wird zum 1. April 2015 für die Abteilung Wissenschaftliche Redaktion und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit eine/n Mitarbeiter/-in gesucht.

Aufgabengebiete:
- Mitarbeit im wissenschaftlichen Lektorat der Publikationen der Bibliotheca Hertziana und des Forschungsberichts sowie bei allen weiteren im Bereich der wissenschaftlichen Redaktion anfallenden Aufgaben
- Unterstützung der Abteilung in dem Arbeitsfeld Presse-, Medien- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
- Pflege der Homepage und des Berichtswesens des Instituts.

Wir erwarten:
- Promotion im Fach Kunstgeschichte (mit Schwerpunkt Italien) oder vergleichbare Qualifikation
- Erfahrung im wissenschaftlichen Lektorat kunsthistorischer Forschungs- arbeiten
- sehr sicheres Beherrschen der Microsoft-Office-Programme
- möglichst Kenntnisse des Programms Typo3 bzw. die Bereitschaft diese zu erwerben
- Interesse an Fortbildung zur Erweiterung der EDV-Kenntnisse
- hohes Maß an Teamfähigkeit
- Belastbarkeit, Kreativität und Flexibilität
- Kommunikationsfähigkeit und stilsicheres Auftreten
- hervorragende Italienisch- und Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift.

Wir bieten bei Vorliegen der entsprechenden persönlichen Voraussetzungen eine Bezahlung nach TVöD bis zur EG 13 mit entsprechenden Auslandszulagen nach den Sonderregelungen gem. § 45 BT-V zum TVöD. Sozialleistungen werden wie im öffentlichen Dienst (Bund) gewährt.

Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, mehr schwerbehinderte Menschen zu beschäftigen. Bewerbungen Schwerbehinderter sind ausdrücklich erwünscht. Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft will den Anteil von Frauen in den Bereichen erhöhen, in denen sie unterrepräsentiert sind. Frauen werden deshalb ausdrücklich aufgefordert, sich zu bewerben.

Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbung in deutscher Sprache mit den üblichen Unterlagen bis zum 15. Februar 2015 an press@biblhertz.it; Kennwort „Redaktion und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit“ oder postalisch an: Dr. Marieke von Bernstorff, Redaktion & Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Via Gregoriana 28, 00187 Rom.

Für Rückfragen steht die Leiterin der Abteilung Redaktion und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit Frau Dr. Marieke von Bernstorff zur Verfügung (bernstorff@biblhertz.it).

Application deadline: 15 February 2015.

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