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Old Books - A Modern Treasure Hunt

Have you ever wondered how material comes to be held in library collections? Join us as we welcome Christian White, a dealer of rare books. Discover the thrill of the chase and a life spent hunting down unique and coveted books and manuscripts.

Hear about, and imagine, the excitement of finding a volume of early eighteenth century theology that belonged to the library of Sir Isaac Newton!

Discover the story behind the purchase of a 1611 copy of George Chapman’s translation of Homer. This rare find was used by Samuel Johnson to highlight chunks of text for his famous 'Dictionary of the English Language'. Learn about Christian’s latest treasure: a copy of Adam Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’, covered in the scrawling of the British philosopher and economist Thomas Malthus.

Alongside the talk, come and see examples of the kinds of books that Christian deals in. A recent item that the University purchased from him for the Library's Special Collections will also b
Free, booking required
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT
Thu 23 May 2019
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