Seventeenth Biennial Conference of the Early Book Society,  July 12-16, 2021

“Precarious Lives: Loss, Recovery and/or Survival of MSS and Early Printed Books, 1350—1550,” Bangor University, [Virtual] Wales, ONLINE

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This conference interprets the theme “Precarious Lives: Loss, Recovery and/or Survival of MSS and Early Printed Books” narrowly and broadly, though always with reference to the history of MSS and books from 1350 to 1550 and their material culture. Why do some texts survive? Who are their readers or makers? Topics will include evidence of borrowed books or lost books, books or libraries reconstructed from mentions in wills, and MSS and books that clearly derive from a lost original, as well as medieval libraries that are still in existence. Other subjects for consideration will be texts that exist only in a singular form but seem to refer to a lost source (lost and found?) or the examination of fragments in bindings or elsewhere. Images are also considered texts, and pictures copied from models no longer extant are another theme to be discussed. MSS and books from outside Western Europe and/or which place Western European MSS and books in dialogue with those from other parts of the globe and other cultures will be discussed as well.

Please send questions about the conference to the conference committee. These are: Martha Driver at, Raluca Radulescu,, Niamh Pattwell at, and Margaret Connolly at (Please include EBS VIRTUAL WALES 2021 in the subject line of your email).

The conference is free to all paid EBS members, but donations of any amount to support graduate student help with IT issues are most welcome. Please send your membership dues or your donation either to Martha Driver (333 East 53 St Apt 12B NY, NY 10022) or to Margaret Connolly (Lauderdale, Cupar Road, Ceres, Fife Scotland, KY15 5LP UK).  


Past Conferences

Dublin 2019
Durham 2017
Oxford 2015
St. Andrews 2013
York 2011
Exeter 2009
Manchester 2007
Belfast 2005
Durham 2003
Lampeter 1997