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Curator's Choice: The Nuremberg Chronicle
with John Buchtel
Experience the Boston Athenaeum’s spectacular copy of one of the most famous of all rare books, the Nuremberg Chronicle, published in 1493. Curator of Rare Books John Buchtel will guide us virtually through the Athenæum’s hand-colored copy of the most extensively illustrated printed book of the 15th century. Starting with Creation and finishing with the Apocalypse, our tour through the volume’s 1,800 illustrations will make stops at the Tower of Babel, Noah’s Ark, and recognizable views of such European cities as Venice and Rome.
John Buchtel is Curator of Rare Books and Head of Special Collections at the Boston Athenæum. He previously served as director of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at Georgetown University and as curator of rare books in the Sheridan Libraries at The Johns Hopkins University. He earned his PhD in English, with a focus on early modern British literature, at the University of Virginia, while also acting as curator of the teaching collections at Rare Book School. He teaches, lectures, and publishes on the history of books and printing, the history of libraries, book collecting, and literary patronage.
This event is part of our ongoing "Curator's Choice" series. Join an Athenæum curator for a casual conversation about their current projects and the special collections items that inspire them, spark their curiosity, and generate discussion.