|A reading cushion full of witchcraft sceptics:|
A first edition Weyer, Scot from 1584 and 1651, John Webster, Francis Hutchinson
What a collection it is! I had been in Toby English's Antiquarian bookshop over in Wallingford two weekends ago, and had casually asked him what he thought a 1520 edition of the Malleus Maleficarum might fetch on the open market. His first guess was for prices that might start at £10,000. Karen indicated that the collection preferred not to think in such terms. I wanted, I admit in rather a crude-minded way, to stress to my students just what treasures they were handling.
|Karen Attar explains who Harry Price was.|
|A briefing before beginning|
|Rose and Rebecca look at sceptics|
|Jane, one of our visitors from Shanghai, and Priyanka look at the collection's pristine copy of Scot, 1584|
|How to use your magic powers to make one dance naked (suborn a poor boy to do it, stop him before the company take offence)|
|Some of Scott's exposures of juggler's tricks: the decollation of John Baptist.|
|An early owner added a motto in Greek. I didn't make a transcript, and have no idea. I will find a classicist.|
|Gemma, Taneth and Christine are looking at Lilly's defiant 'Christian Astrology', 1647.|
|More or less everyone in view|
After this, I briefly showed a smaller group of the students the English Literature open shelves, after that, we strolled up the road to ULU, the University of London student union, with me pointing out that for a complete mind-and-body day, it has a swimming pool in the basement. There seemed to be some thought that a young male reader who had escaped my attention, but who was in the library in a suit, might make a worthwhile tertium quid. I left my students as they headed for the ULU cafe, and thought that at the very least, they'd feel a bit more members of this huge university, and might even seek out another experience of research.
My thanks again to Karen Attar - a favourite moment for me was one of the students asking about printers using the long s - and finding out that one of Karen's publications was an entry on the duration of long s type in British printing.