On Friday 20 May 2016 the Wellcome Library will host a one-day workshop on incunabula and medicine. This event will reflect broadly on the relationship between the earliest printed books and medicine. Topics will include: medical illustration in incunabula; the relationship between medical incunabula and medical manuscripts; ownership of incunabula by physicians and other medical practitioners; change and diversity in medical printing between the 1470s and the 1490s. The year 1501 will not be considered an absolute dividing line: speakers will also reflect upon printing and medicine in the early 1500s. A selection of the Library’s incunabula will be on display throughout the day.Venue: Mendel 1, Wellcome Trust Gibbs building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.
10:00–10:15 Coffee and registration
10:15–10:30 Richard Aspin and Elma Brenner (Wellcome Library): Welcome
10:30–11:30 Session One: Medical Incunabula
Sabrina Minuzzi (Oxford), ‘Everyone has his own “Cibaldone”? Text transmission and copy-specific features of a 15th century vernacular regimen sanitatis’
Elma Brenner (Wellcome Library), ‘Responding on the ground: incunabula addressing pestilence and the French disease’
12:00–13:00 Session 2: Medical Provenance
Julie Gardham (Glasgow), ‘Syphilis and secrets: two Glasgow collectors of medical incunabula’
Laura Nuvoloni (Wellcome Library), ‘The libraries of physicians of the past and the feasibility of their virtual reconstruction’
13:00–14:30 Lunch and viewing of display of Wellcome Library incunabula
14:30–16:00 Session 3: Incunabula and Manuscripts
Alice Laforêt (ENSSIB, Lyon), ‘Reading, annotating and copying: the manuscript aspects of early printed herbals’
Greti Dinkova-Bruun (PIMS, Toronto), ‘The “Cyrurgia magna” of Bruno Longoburgensis in the binding fragments held by the library of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto’
Peter Murray Jones (Cambridge), ‘Medical images between script and print’
16:30–17:00 Vivian Nutton (UCL): Respondent
The workshop is free to attend. To register, please contact Elma Brenner (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday 17 May.