Exclusively for Members

An Exclusive Online Talk for Members of the Ashmolean

Author and Art Historian Ross King will tell the astonishing story of 15th-century Florentine bookseller, Vespasiano da Bisticci, the 'King of the world’s booksellers', in this exclusive online talk for Members. He provided Popes, Kings, Princes and scholars with beautiful manuscripts and through his remarkable team of scribes and illuminators helped to spread across Europe, the wisdom of newly discovered works by authors such as Cicero and Plato. The talk is based on our speaker’s recent book, ‘The Bookseller of Florence’.


The event will take place online on Zoom and a link to join the event will be shared in advance by email.

Booking is essential and tickets are £7 each. Every ticket purchased for our exclusive Members’ talks support the Ashmolean and the work that we do.


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