We have been busy preparing material for a number of British and European conferences at which Cambridge will be represented this summer. The Anglo-American Historians Conference in London has just taken place; next up is the International Medieval Congress at Leeds. As a former medievalist, Kate has fond memories of the very first IMC, back in 1994, and is delighted this meeting is going from strength to strength.We are hoping to draw particular attention to the reissued editions of medieval cartularies that are just coming off our presses. These collections of charters and other official documents provide important primary data for historians. The editions of them produced during the nineteenth century are now rather scarce and often in very poor condition, so for scholars who are still eagerly waiting for promised new editions that are in progress in various centres round the world, we hope we can help make their lives easier in the meantime.
For the British Society for the History of Science meeting in Aberdeen we have produced a leaflet that lists the many titles on Darwin and his circle, geology, botany and astronomy that we have reissued over the past year. Kate’s particular favourite is the book on Mendel’s Principles of Heredity by William Bateson, who rescued from obscurity the work on plant breeding done by an Austrian monk, Gregor Mendel. As a German-speaker, Kate was particularly happy to be able to borrow and scan a copy of the treatise in the original German, which we incorporated in the back of the reissue of Bateson’s translation.
At the end of July, the prestigious Society for New Testament Studies meets in Berlin. One of the things we enjoyed last year was getting to grips with the ins and outs of developments in New Testament textual criticism during the nineteenth century. Here in Cambridge people have all heard of Scrivener, Hort and Westcott; the pious Cornish-born Samuel Prideaux Tregelles (1813–1875) was a scholar we’d not previously encountered. We found out he had in fact travelled widely in Europe and met his famous German contemporaries Lachmann and Tischendorf, some of whose works we have also included in the project.
In August there are conferences on Shakespeare, papyrology, historical linguistics and archaeology – but more about those later.