Sunday, February 06, 2011

Old Books in New Libraries: Treasures of UVic Libraries

UVic Libraries has a fascinating three-part lecture series titled "Old Books in New Libraries: Treasures of UVic Libraries".
Dr. Helene Cazes will dedicate a three-part lecture series to UVic Libraries "very special collections, and especially the “Seghers Collection" – an unique 7,500 volume library named after Bishop Charles John Seghers (1839-1886). Seghers, the second Catholic bishop of Victoria, arrived on Vancouver Island in 1864 and was murdered in Alaska in 1886. The “Seghers Collection” was placed on permanent loan within the Special Collections Department of the McPherson Library in 1976.

Audio from first lecture, which was held in January, has been posted on the UVic website. The second lecture in the series is scheduled for tomorrow: Monday, February 7, 2011.

All lectures are from 1:30 – 2:30 pm and take place in the Special Collections classroom, A003, lower level McPherson Library, at the University of Victoria.

January 17, 2011
This overview to the unique “Seghers Collection” will give an idea of the complexity and depth of a collection that gathers the classics of ecclesiastical and philological training and Renaissance and Early Modern books and also contains the accumulated donations of more than 150 years from the Catholic community on Vancouver Island.

Audio from subsequent lectures is anticipated to follow...

February 7, 2011
Special Collections, Special Books, and Special Readers
This lecture gives a “guided tour” of a selection of mini-collections within Special Collections: history of medicine, Bibles, discovery of the Americas and Amer-Indian religions, and Aldine editions of modern dictionaries.

March 28, 2011
Plantiniana: Humanist Grafts in Special Collections
Christopher Plantin (1520-1589) could be presented as the epitome of Renaissance humanist printers. He founded a dynasty of learned editors and publishers. An avid book collector, Charles Seghers secured several publications from the Plantin’s Presses, now kept in Special Collections, McPherson Library.

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