The yearly UCMS Seminar will take place on October 11th. As last year, it will be devoted to the theme of Premodern Reading Cultures, around the specific object of 16th century Sammelbände and particularly one collection of books kept at the Special Collections of the Utrecht University Library. The workshop is equally accessible and interesting to people who did not participate to the 2018 Seminar. Both seminar and workshop are organised by Dr Katell Lavéant (Medieval Culture) and Ann-Marie Hansen.
Sammelbände, that is to say volumes of printed texts created at the request of their buyers, were a ubiquitous phenomenon in in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe. Such volumes brought together several books in order to save on costs during the binding process, and to create collections of texts that had a coherence for their owners, whether because of their content, their language or other specific features. In 2019, Sammelband 15-16, a project devoted to the study of this phenomenon, is launching a special collaboration with Utrecht University’s Library, as it hosts a unique collection, the Huybert van Buchell collection, containing hundreds of such Sammelbände. Studying this collection not only offers a window into the world of a premodern mind, through the books this scholar read and annotated, but also adds to our knowledge of the cultural life and book circulation in Utrecht and Cologne.