The 15cBooktrade Project - Venice and the Printing R-Evolution
Printing Revolution 1450-1500. The Role of Venice in the Fifty Years that Changed Europe
The Printing Revolution is one of Europe’s greatest achievements and contributions to civilization: it spread literacy and knowledge on a scale unimaginable before: but how did an invention turn into a revolution? For the last five years the 15cBOOKTRADE Project has been gathering thousands of pieces of evidence from the marks and margins of books. The results are so unexpected that the project decided to communicate them straight to the public, in a large, innovative, digital exhibition where it all began: Venice. The exhibition will run at the Museo Correr and Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana from 1 Sept. 2018 to 7 Jan. 2019.
This talk will introduce the project, the exhibition and the Society for the Preservation of Rare Books that will provide emergency conservation for small libraries, starting with that from the Venetian monastery of San Michele in Isola, currently held at San Francesco della Vigna in Venice.
The Society for the Preservation of Rare Books is aimed at helping small libraries around the world with emergency conservation, digitisation and cataloguing programmes. It was launched in 2017 as a charitable offshoot of the 15cBOOKTRADE. Among its first projects is the cataloguing of the provenances of the incunabula from San Michele in Isola, currently held in San Francesco della Vigna. Other campaigns include the conservation of incunabula and Venetian manuscripts in the State Library of Corfù, located in the old Venetian fortress, and in a critical state of conservation.
Geri Della Rocca de Candal is ERC Postdoctoral Research
Fellow (2014-18), Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages and the Bodleian
Libraries, Oxford. Member of the 15cBOOKTRADE Project, he specialises in
Greek printing and is in charge of incunabula cataloguing programmes in Oxford,
Greece, Poland and Lithuania. He is
also Treasurer of the Oxford Bibliographical Society and president of the
Society for the Preservation of Rare Books.