Tuesday night was the official celebration of the start of the Merchants of Print exhibition held at the galleries of the John Rylands Library on Deansgate. We were delighted to share a glass of prosecco with friends and colleagues from both inside and outside the Library and University.
Guests had come from far and wide only to prove that the great man, Aldus, dead for over 500 years could still pull a crowd.
The gallery was open for viewing prior to the lecture.
Starting promptly start at 6.30, the University Librarian and Director of The John Rylands Library Jan Wilkinson introduced the curators, explaining the perhaps interesting combinations of skills coming together in this exhibition. (For those of you following the blog, we hope this is already obvious)
Julianne Simpson then gave an overview of the collection management project that has been the foundation for the exhibition (rearranging, rehousing and recataloguing), with some interesting examples from the Spencer Aldines.
The main attraction was the lecture by Professor Stephen Milner, Serena Professor of Italian – Cotton Mills and Collectors: Manutius comes to Manchester. Dr. Stephen Lloyd, Curator of the Derby Collection, Knowsley Hall, and fellow student of Steve’s at the Warburg wrote ‘Many thanks indeed for inviting me to such a great evening last night at the Rylands. The exhibition was superb and your lecture highly informative, especially on the Lancastrian bibliophiles, and I much enjoyed the references to Ruskin in Rusholme and of course to Veronese. ‘
A great evening was had by all and ended in a local eating establishment with another glass or two.