Some New Questions From Reading Old Books: Imagining & Imaging the Agro-Ecology & Pathology of European Empire

[Presentation & discussion in a member’s meeting of
The Ticknor Society of Boston]

Several new dimensions for the study of the humanities have been opened up by the digital revolution. One of these involves our newly acquired capacity to read “old books” and view, share and analyze their maps and illustrations on a scale never previously possible. The result has led recently to a substantial re-assessment of much of what we thought we knew about the world and its evolution since 1492.

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Annual Ticknor Society Member “Show & Tell” Meeting
Virtual, Thursday, December 10, 6pm EST
ZOOM Session Link

    • Phoebe Bean, “A Woman’s Touch: Ann Franklin Imprints”
    • John Hemenway, “Howland Island, Its Birds and Rats, as Observed by a Certain Mr. Stetson in 1854.”
    • Jean Maguire, Nature and Design
    • George F. Murphy, “Price of Books: Shabby American Imprints and the Legacy of Richard Price
    • Tim Weiskel, “Some New Questions from Reading Old Books: Imagining & Imaging the Agro-Ecology & Pathology of European Empire”

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as well as numerous re-assessments of the history of the Americas since the publication in 1983 of:

through the ensuing decades to the publication twenty-five years later of:

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The Ticknor Society in Boston holds an annual “Show & Tell” meeting of its members in which some of these themes will be discussed this year as an aspect of the ways in which new kinds of analysis can now be shared among international groups of book scholars, historical cartographers, medical historians and ethnobotanists because of the ongoing digital revolution in the humanities.


A brief summary of one of the “Show & Tell” talks is by scanning this QR code:For additional information contact

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