Archive Evening 2022
STATIONERS AND THEIR BOOKS
When: Monday, 25 April 2022 at 6pm
Duration: 1hr 15 mins
Books lie at the heart of the Company’s existence. Without books the Stationers’ Company would never have been such a force in the cultural history of Britain, nor become such a big player in business and the City of London. Printing and publishing were the innovative and disruptive technologies of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The evening will tell the stories about books and their connections with the Company:
Speakers will include:
Liveryman Margaret Willes who will talk about Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. First published in 1563 by the Protestant Stationer, John Day, it became a religious and political bestseller for over a century.
Court Assistant Paul Wilson will recount an intriguing story behind the first English translation (from the Latin original) of Camden’s remarkable topographical work, Britannia, or A chorographical description of Great Britain and Ireland.
Honorary Librarian and Liveryman David Pearson will discuss a puzzle presented by expensive bindings of a clutch of early 17th century books bearing the arms of the Company. Rebecca Barr, Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, studies 18th century fiction. She will talk about Samuel Richardson, author of three innovative novels: Pamela; Clarissa; and The History of Sir Charles Grandison. Richardson was a successful printer and rose to be Master of the Company.
Archivist Ruth Frendo will curate a virtual exhibition to support the talks, drawing on the resources in the Tokefield Centre. Stationers may download for their own enjoyment Samuel Richardson’s Advice to An Apprentice.
Liveryman Gordon Johnson will choreograph the evening. There will be an opportunity to comment and ask questions of the panellists.
Please note the caption for the image pictured : Portrait of Samuel Richardson by Mason Chamberlin (1727-1787), National Portrait Gallery, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons