Graham Pollard Memorial Lecture

ALAN NELSON: Humphrey Dyson's Broadsides: Royal Proclamations and Miscellanea, 1500–1632.

Humphrey Dyson (1582–1633) is best known today for his collection of books, which, though dispersed, survive in many lib raries, and for his seven volumes of Elizabethan proclamations. Dyson's printed proclamations derive not only from Elizabeth, however, but from all English monarchs from Henry VII to Charles I, including Jane, with multiple volumes not only for Elizabeth I, but for James I and Charles I. His miscellaneous broadsides, including ballads, livery company documents, and legal announcements, range from the early sixteenth century to 1632. Dyson's collections of 'peticions of greivances & breifes of bills exhibited to the high Court of Parliament' from 1621 and 1624 have recently been identified in Guildhall Library. Dyson's personal valuations of his collections and the subsequent history of his many volumes of broadsides shed interesting light on a highly specialized corner of the rare book market over several centuries.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 17:00
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE