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Manuscript and Early Book Destruction

Monday 22 May 2023
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden
An example of a manuscript that was heavily damaged during the Second World War. The manuscript is Chartres Bibliothèque municipale, 0139 (0157) (vol. 1 fol. 6v). Image credit : L’Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, 2013, Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0).

Manuscript and Early Book Destruction

It is tragic to reflect on the medieval manuscripts and early printed books that survived hundreds of years, only to be destroyed in the twentieth and twenty-first century.  What sorts of records were lost in this way? How did factors such as theft and the deliberate dismemberment of manuscripts shape the survival of medieval books in the modern age? How should we approach manuscripts that have been water damaged, or those that have been dismembered, and how can digital technology help? This symposium will explore these and other topics through an interdisciplinary set of papers. Speakers will highlight projects aimed at identifying and rehabilitating damaged manuscripts and archives, and will explore topics such as wartime manuscript loss, theft, and the deliberate dismemberment of manuscripts for resale.

This one-day symposium is organised by Dr Krista A. Murchison, in the context of her NWO-funded research project on wartime manuscript destruction.

Programme: Forthcoming

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Registration is free; please register early because space is limited.

More information: Please contact Dr K. A. Murchison at the email address above.

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