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Rare book lecture series at UVic’s McPherson Library


Our friends in the special collections department at the University of Victoria’s library have more special events planned for the spring of 2011. These are definitely worth attending.

The lectures are part of a series presented by Dr. Hélène Cazes and dedicated to the Seghers Collection – the 7,500-volume library of 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 with the special collections department in 1976.

February 7 – Special Collections, Special Books & Special Readers
This is a lecture giving a ‘guided tour’ of some of the mini-collections within the special collections area – history of medicine, Bibles, discovery of the Americas and Amer-Indian religions, and Aldine editions of modern dictionaries.

March 28 – Plantiniana: Humanist Grafts in Special Collections
This session concerns Christopher Plantin (1520-1589), who could be presented as the epitome of Renaissance humanist printers. Born in France, exiled in the Low Countries and settled in Antwerp, he lived at the crossroads of religions and national allegiances. He founded a dynasty of editors and publishers. An avid book collector, Charles Seghers secured several publications from the Plantin’s Pressesc.

All lectures are from 1:30pm to 2:30 pm and take place in the Special Collections classroom, A003, on the lower level McPherson Library.

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