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Dr. Helene Cazes will present a three-part public lecture series dedicated to UVic Libraries' very special collections, especially the "Seghers Collection", an unique collection of Bishop Charles John Seghers (1839-1886). Seghers, the second Catholic bishop of Victoria, arrived on Vancouver Island in 1864 and was murdered in Alaska in 1886. All lectures are from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. and take place in the Special Collections classroom, A003 - lower level, McPherson Library. These lectures will be audiotaped. January 17,2011 The Bishop's Books February 7,2011 Special Collections, Special Books, and Special Readers March 28,2011 Plantiniana: Humanist Grafts in Special Collections

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    Plantiniana: humanist grafts in Special Collections
    (2011-04-01T18:39:37Z) Cazes, Hélène
    Christopher Plantin (1520-1589) could be presented as the epitome of Renaissance humanist printers. Born in France, exiled in the Low Countries and settled in Antwerp, he lived at the crossroads of religions and national allegiances. He founded a dynasty of learned editors and publishers. An avid book collector, Charles Seghers secured several publications from the Plantin’s Presses, now kept in Special Collections, McPherson Library.
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    Special Collections, special books, and special readers
    (2011-04-01T18:38:06Z) Cazes, Hélène
    This lecture gives a “guided tour” of a selection of mini-collections within Special Collections: history of medicine, Bibles, discovery of the Americas and Amer-Indian religions, and Aldine editions of modern dictionaries. Leafing through the pages of some of the most precious books in Special Collections will introduce us to scholars, collectors, pious owners, bibliophiles, as well as to bored and undisciplined scribblers using the margins of books for penmanship training.
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    The Bishop’s Books
    (2011-01-21T22:40:02Z) Cazes, Hélène
    This overview to the unique “Seghers Collection” will give an idea of the complexity and depth of a collection that gathers the classics of ecclesiastical and philological training and Renaissance and Early Modern books and also contains the accumulated donations of more than 150 years from the Catholic community on Vancouver Island.
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