Curator Talk 1/23: Bear with Me: The Case of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan

Join us in the Special Collections Library from 11:10am-12:00pm  Wednesday mornings during this semester for fascinating talks led by faculty, librarians, archivists, and curators.   The talks take place weekly in the Special Collections Reading Room on the second floor of the Central & Divinity Libraries building.  This event is free and open to the public.

Special Collections’ copy of Hobbes’ Leviathan appears, at first glance, to be a first edition. However, despite the date on the title page proclaiming a 1651 publication year, the reality is not that straight forward. Rachel Lavenda, curator of Special Collections, will tell the story about tracing the publication history of Leviathan, make it an engaging one, and in doing so reveal a look into the equally frustrating and satisfying reality of working with old books.

Leviathan's Bear Device
Bear Device

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