2013 conference dates and exhibition news

26 05 2011

We’re very pleased to finally be able to announce the dates for the Locating Boccaccio in 2013 conference, which will take place on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 July 2013. To accompany the conference and mark this anniversary year, we are also curating an exhibition at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library, which will run until 24 November 2013. Conference participants will be able to have a preview of the show at the exhibition launch event, which will take place on the evening of Wednesday 10 July.

We’ve scheduled Locating Boccaccio in 2013 to follow on immediately after the Leeds International Medieval Conference (8-11 July), so that our delegates have the opportunity to attend both events. Leeds and Manchester are only an hour apart by train, and so we hope you’ll be able to enjoy the medieval delights of these two great Northern cities during the conference week.

There’ll be more on the exhibition soon, but in the meantime, here’s a photo of one of our most famous Manchester Boccaccios, the Roxburghe Decameron.

Bibliomania begins at home

This copy of the 1471 edition of the Decameron, printed by Christoph Valdarfer in Venice, is arguably the ur-object of book-collecting and bibliomania. At the famous sale of the Duke of Roxburghe’s library in 1812, it became the subject of a lengendary bidding war, finally selling for the unprecendented (and outrageous) sum of £2260. Lord Spencer, who had failed to buy the book at the auction, eventually bought it off Lord Blandford (for considerably less than the £2260 he had paid for it), and it passed into the Rylands collections when Mrs Rylands purchased the Spencer collection in 1892.

Our exhibition will showcase this and many more Boccaccio treasures from the University collections.

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