This June, King's College at the University of Cambridge will hold a two-day conference on book collectors and collecting. The conference will commemorate the centennial birthday of the eminent bibliographer, A.N.L. Munby.
Munby pioneered the historical study of British book collecting and the use of sale catalogues to trace the history of taste in books. He is best known for his accounts of obsessive book collectors of the nineteenth century, notably, Sir Thomas Phillipps. He worked in the antiquarian book trade before becoming a Fellow and Librarian of King's College, Cambridge, from 1947 to 1974. Munby was also Lyell Reader in Bibliography at Oxford 1962-63, a Founding Trustee of the British Library, President of the Bibliographic Society, and co-founder of the Cambridge Bibliographic Society.
The conference theme is Floreat Bibliomania: Great Collectors and Their Grand Designs and will "provide an opportunity to map current and future developments in the study of collectors and collecting." The event will include presentations by distinguished speakers, visits to private exhibits, and a festive dinner in historic surroundings. Floreat Bibliomania will be held June 28-29, 2013. For additional details and to register, please visit www.kingsmembers.org/munby2013.