Henry Woudhuysen to Speak at Book History Exhibit Opening

Marketing and Communications | January 07, 2013

The Texas A&M University Libraries will showcase the Book and Printing History Collection of Loran T. Laughlin ’26 at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18 during an exhibit opening and lecture at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives in the Mayo-Thomas Room. Laughlin, who donated his early printing collection to Texas A&M, began his lifelong love of printing while working as a student in the college print shop.

“A Legacy of Letters: Teaching Book History at Texas A&M,” will feature various artifacts, including a Mesopotamian clay cone from c. 2130 B.C.E., an Egyptian scarab, papyrus fragments from Ptolemaic Egypt, a dharani (printed charm) scroll, printed currency from the Ming Dynasty, a 15th century Flemish Book of Hours, and a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible.

To celebrate the opening, Professor Henry R. Woudhuysen, rector of Lincoln College Oxford, will give a lecture entitled “Following the Paper Trail: Paper in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.”

Woudhuysen previously served as a professor of English language and literature, head of the English Department, and dean of the faculty of Arts and Humanities at University College, London. He is a vice president of the Bibliographical Society and a fellow of the British Academy. Woudhuysen was co-general editor of the two-volume Oxford Companion to the Book and has recently worked on the Electronic Enlightenment, an online resource containing thousands of letters from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

The university community and the local community are invited to the opening. The exhibit will be on display until July 13, 2013.