The Bancroft Library Gallery
The Friends of The Bancroft Library together with Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas invite you to a salon celebration to mark the opening of the exhibition A Place at the Table. The public is welcome to attend.
For more information, please call 510-642-3781
The Classic 17th Century Folio Editions of Shakespeare's Works
March - May 14th 2012
The Bancroft Library Reading Room Exhibit Cases
Open during the operating hours of the Bancroft Reading Room
On display are the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Folios of Shakespeare's works along with a rare quarto edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen.
The First Folio of 1623 is the crowning glory of any English literature collection. This first publication of Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies appeared seven years after the Bard's death. It contains the first editions of twenty of his plays, including more accurate texts for eight plays which had been previously published. The Second Folio of 1632 is a close reprinting with a few incidental variants of the text of the First Folio. The Third Folio of 1663 is the rarest of the four folios, as an unknown number of the unsold copies were destroyed in the great fire of London in 1666. The text includes the first appearance of Pericles, the last play to be accepted into the Shakespeare canon. The Fourth Folio of 1685 is a reprint of the Third Folio and the last of the great folio editions published in the 17th century.
As a contrast to the four folios on display, it is fitting to include one quarto. Quartos are small pamphlets that were produced in haste and sold on the street for a few pence. Several of Shakespeare's plays were first published in quarto editions, but since they were small and ordinary looking, they were not assiduously preserved and are now very scarce.
The second Bancroft Round Table of the Spring Semester will take place at noon, Thursday, March 15 in the Lewis Latimer Room of the Faculty Club. Ben Reed, Ph. D. Candidate in the Dept. of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Reese Fellowship Recipient will give a talk entitled "The Worlds of Oratorian Devotion in 17th & 18th Century Mexico City."
Mr. Reed's research investigates the history and significance of Oratorian devotion to the Italian Saint Philip Neri (1515-1595) in 17th and 18th century Mexico City. For reasons unknown today, the Oratorian library and archives were fragmented and dispersed into public and private collections some time in the late 19th century; Mr. Reed endeavors to re-collect, and re-imagine the dimensions of, that archive. Alongside images of Oratorians' lives, the project's sources provide glimpses into many of the city's social worlds, including the work of tax collectors for Spain's on-going Holy Crusades, the clergy's efforts to secure the canonization of Mexican saints, and several contrasting accounts of living in the city's women's shelters.
Please join us as Mr. Reed shares some of the insights about Mexico during the colonial period which are afforded by Bancroft's treasures. Bancroft Round Tables aim to focus attention on the rich resources our library offers for studying the history of the nations of western North America. In this case, we invite the community to hear stories of some mysteries from earlier centuries in the life of one of the truly great cities on our continent.
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley
Featuring Mark Coggins, Sheldon Siegel, Janet Dawson, Diana Orgain, and Simon Wood.
Join us as local mystery authors read and discuss influential passages from detective and crime fiction set in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The first Bancroft Round Table of the Spring 2012 semester will take place on Thursday, February 16th at noon in the Lewis-Latimer Room of the Faculty Club. Israel Pastrana,
Ph.D. Candidate in History at UC San Diego and a Bancroft Study Award Recipient will speak on ?Rain of Gold: A Century of Circular Labor Migration from Mexico.?
This talk explores the persistence of circular labor migration from Mexico to the American Southwest over the course of the twentieth century and beyond. By tracing his own family from roots in Mascota, Jalisco, to the mines and fields of Texas, Arizona, and California, Mr. Pastrana grounds theoretical discussions and policy debates about citizenship, migration, and the future of ethnic Mexicans in the USA in historical context.
The entire campus community is welcome to join us at this talk. At a time when rhetoric about immigration figures so largely in public discourse one looks forward to hearing the results of actual research in the historical context. Bancroft Round Tables aim to highlight the rich collections of the Bancroft Library. That three of the four Round Tables scheduled for this Spring involve Mexico underscores the tremendous resources Bancroft offers scholars studying Mexican history.
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