Houghton-Medieval Studies Lecture in Early Book History


Monday, March 5, 2018, 5:30pm to 7:00pm


The Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library

Peter Kidd (independent researcher), Greater than the Sum of Their Parts: Incomplete Medieval Manuscripts in Boston and Elsewhere. This lecture will consider a variety of illuminated medieval manuscripts from Houghton and other local collections, each of which has missing leaves, or larger parts, scattered in other collections around the world. By matching-up far flung pieces of books with those that are held locally, a picture emerges that is 'greater than the sum of its parts'. Co-sponsored by the Houghton Library and the Committee on Medieval Studies. This lecture is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested here.

About the speaker: Now based in London, Peter Kidd worked for more than fifteen years in the Departments of Manuscripts at the Getty Museum, Bodleian Library, Sotheby's, and the British Library. He has been a freelancer for the past decade, mainly researching medieval manuscripts on behalf of auction houses, dealers, private collectors, libraries, and heritage organizations in both the UK and the USA. Most recently, he was curator of an exhibition of treasures from the library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, that traveled to New York and Washington, DC in 2017.