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Julia Alpinula, Pseudo-Heroine of Helvetia: How a Forged Renaissance Epitaph Fostered a National Myth.
Julia Alpinula is a legendary Swiss heroine, whose pathetic fate in AD 69 inspired popular historians, dramatists, artists, and poets – including an infatuated Byron – over a period of more than two hundred years. Her very existence, however, was based entirely on a funerary inscription first published in 1588 and ultimately shown to be a humanist forgery. Julia Alpinula is a fully documented account of her Romantic celebrity, the exposure of the ‘Alpinula’ myth, and the identification of its scholarly perpetrator.
Arthur Freeman is a rare book dealer and writer living in London. In 2014 Quaritch published his Bibliotheca Fictiva: a Collection of Books and Manuscripts Relating to Literary Forgery 400 BC – AD 2000. Julia Alpinula is a footnote to that book.
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Lives in Book History: Changing Contours of Research over Forty Years.
‘This volume has grown out of one event in a long series of annual conferences on book-trade history – held to mark the fortieth conference in 2018. For this we had asked nine well-known book historians to give a retrospective review of their field, be it manuscripts, incunabula, book binding, and so on, explaining how they had come into book history, who had been the major influences on them, what the field was like then, what it was like now, and how they would, in the light of the changes they had seen, have done things differently. Everyone mentioned the technological revolution, which had completely changed their way of working and brought a wealth of research material to their desks, greatly amplifying but not substituting for (as they were at pains to point out) research in libraries and archives. Thus these papers are a mix of scholarly assessment and personal reminiscence: likely, we thought, to have a wider readership than just historians of the book.’