After Hours with Banned Books

Join Harvard professor Hannah Marcus and the Library’s Assistant Curator for Special Collections Jamie Cumby for a Banned Book Week presentation on how prohibited books were read in early modern Europe. They will also share examples of expurgated books held by the Linda Hall Library.

Tiedemann Giese

Tiedemann Giese, a bishop, theologian, and best friend of Nicholas Copernicus, was born on June 1st, 1480, in Danzig (today Gdańsk, Poland). He left behind only a single published work, which the library does not hold on account of its extreme rarity and focus on...

Maciej Miechowita

On May 1st, 1514, the Krakow professor and physician Maciej Miechowita (sometimes referred to as Matthew of Miechow) took up a pen and sheaf of paper to inventory his possessions in preparation for a last will and testament. Perhaps he was feeling unwell, perhaps he...

Domenico Maria Novara

Domenico Maria Novara, an Italian astronomer/astrologer, was born July 29, 1454.  Novara taught astronomy at the University of Bologna, and as was required of nearly all academic astronomers, he issued annual astrological prognostications about the good and bad things...

Bernhard Walther

Bernhard Walther, a German merchant and astronomer, died June 19, 1504; his birth date is unknown. Walther, a resident of Nuremberg, was the intellectual and instrumental heir of Johannes Regiomontanus, the Königsberg astronomer who moved to Nuremberg in 1471 and set up the first scientific printing press, intending to publish not only Ptolemy’s Almagest, but also his own Epitome of the Almagest. His ambitions were nipped when…