Early medical printing and the Fasciculus medicinae of Johannes de Ketham

The RCP library recently purchased the 1500 Latin edition of the Fasciculus medicinae attributed to Johannes de Ketham. Join us for an evening lecture and reception to uncover the beauty and significance of this seminal work of early medical printing.

Monday 19 May 2014

Tickets: £5 (including refreshments)

6pm: registration

6.30pm: Lecture by Peter Murray Jones

7.30pm: Reception, including display of the RCP Fasciculus medicinae

Peter Murray Jones is Fellow and Librarian at King's College, Cambridge. He is the author of Medieval Medicine in Illuminated Manuscripts (1998), and studies of the impact of the coming of print on medical knowledge and practice. Last year he conducted workshops on 'Epidemic print: medical incunabula and their readers' at Cambridge University Library.

The lecture will put the Fasciculus medicinae, published in both Latin and vernacular versions, in the context of the early printing of medicine in Europe. The book was exceptional in both its text and illustrations, but it clearly resonated with contemporary collectors and readers. It is still the centrepiece of any great collection of early medical books.

The purchase of the Fasciculus medicinae was generously supported by the Arts Council PRISM Fund.