Wednesday 15th February, 2017
Dr Williams's Library Seminar Series
The Lecture Hall, Dr Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR
“The Spanish and Italian Books of Dr William Bates in Dr Williams’s Library”
Dr Williams’s Library contains over 600 books in Italian or printed in Italy. There are 97 printed in Spain, Portugal and Mexico, with a number in Spanish printed elsewhere. It is generally accepted that these had been the property of Dr William Bates (1625-1699), clergyman and ejected minister. This lecture will attempt to give an impression of the tastes and interests which formed this distinctive but little-known collection of foreign books in seventeenth-century London.
Barry Taylor, Curator of Hispanic Studies, British Library
Dr Barry Taylor is Curator, Hispanic Collections, at the British Library. He has edited Foreign-language printing in London 1500-1900 (London, 2003) and (with Nicolás Bas), El libro español en Londres: la visión de España en Inglaterra (siglos XVI al XIX) (Valencia, 2016).