The New York Society Library presents Anthony T. Grafton on "Books & Barrels: Readers and Reading in Colonial America"https://www.nysoclib.org/ev...
The settlers of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states brought many practices with them from New England. One of them was reading: a particular kind of reading, intensive, engaged, and carried out with pen in hand. Lawyers, fur traders, and alchemists worked their way through difficult and demanding books, many of them in Latin, and recorded what they thought of them on blank pages and in margins. This lecture will examine some of these readers—notably the members of the Winthrop family, many of whose books are held at the New York Society Library, and James Logan of Philadelphia—and their books.
Dr. Anthony T. Grafton is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University. He is the author of ten books and the coauthor, editor, coeditor, or translator of nine others, most recently Worlds Made by Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West (Harvard University Press, 2009). Professor Grafton’s special interests lie in the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from antiquity to the Renaissance. He joined the Princeton History Department in 1975 after earning his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) in history from the University of Chicago.
This event is part of the Book History Colloquium at Columbia, co-sponsored by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.