Manuscript and Print: Exploring Early Modern Trade, Networks and Culture – CONFERENCE

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Date / time: 26 July, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Manuscript and Print: Exploring Early Modern Trade, Networks and Culture - CONFERENCE


The Cabinet of Curiosities is pleased to announce that registration is open for the conference entitled ‘Manuscript and Print: Exploring Early Modern Trade, Networks and Culture.’ Join us for a day exploring print and manuscripts’ profound impact on trade, networks, and culture formation. The conference will feature eleven paper presentations and a keynote on ‘Gender, manuscript and print in seventeenth-century reading habits.’

Register here for free

Website: The Cabinet of Curiosities – Early Modern Postgraduate Forum, University of York (

Venue: Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD

Date: 26th July 2024


9.30 am – 11 am | Panel 1: Revolutionary Values and the Practicalities of Print

  • Michelle Michel – ‘Book Pirates: Villains or Victims?’
  • Julia Smith – ‘The “Frankenbible” of Glasgow: Book Traders and the Creation of Composite Printed Books in the Sixteenth Century
  • Charlotte White – ‘Anatomy of a Masterpiece: Morality and Metaphors of Creation in the Printing Process of Anatomical Manuscripts’

11 am – 11.15 am | Break

11.15 am – 12.45 pm | Panel 2: Navigating News in Turbulent Times: Manuscript, Print, and Public Perception

  • Jack Crosswaite – ‘Print and Popularity: Sir Roger L’Estrange and the Paradox of the Public Sphere’
  • Nicola Clarke – ‘Accuracy in Manuscript and Print News during the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis: How did both producers and consumers assess and value it?’
  • Jessica Reid – ‘”We dar not tell truth as thou didst”: Thomas St Serfe’s manuscript newsletters and the problem of print news in Restoration Scotland

12.45 pm – 1.45 pm | Lunch

1.45 pm – 3.15 pm | Panel 3: Print Trade and Consumption: Exploring Networks and Market Dynamics in Early Modern England and Europe

  • Ittay Mallah – ‘Market of the Mind: Book Consumption in 16th-Century Antwerp, Seen from the Account Book’
  • Joe Saunders – ‘English Print Trade Networks c.1600-50’
  • Elena Gatti – ‘Pronosticationes ad annum, a crossroads between print and manuscript, popular culture, public sphere and propaganda’

3.15 pm – 3.30 pm | Break

3.30 pm – 4.30 pm | Panel 4: Literacy Reception and Manuscript Traditions in Early Modern England

  • Yao Chen – ‘Death and Earthly Love: Petrarch’s Triumphus Mortis in Early Modern England’
  • Rosamund Paice – ‘Trading in Reputation: Sir Thomas Fairfax’s Bequest to the Bodleian… and Family’

4.30 pm – 5.30 pm | Keynote Lecture

  • Dr Hannah Jeans – ‘Gender, Manuscript and Print in seventeenth-century reading habits’