Graham Philipp Jefcoate: “The Case of Mrs. Schroder’s Luther: German Books and Crime in Regency London”

Einladung zu einem Vortrag in englischer Sprache
Monday, 16th April 2018 at 7 pm

Nova Vita Residenz Am Folkwang Museum, Goethestraße 19, 45128 Essen

On Saturday, 4 December 1820 a certain Catherine Salmon called at a bookshop at No. 4, York Street, Covent Garden. She asked the assistant behind the counter if the bookseller would be interested in buying a set of old German books, and provided a brief description. The assistant at first replied in the negative, but then suggested she return the following Monday. So began the case of Mrs. Schroder’s Luther, a sorry tale linking the German bookseller Johann Heinrich Bothe, ”Foreign Bookseller to the King”, the Schroders, a respectable German family long resident in England, and some rather seedy people from London’s criminal underworld. In this lecture, Graham P. Jefcoate will tell you something about the background to the story, unravel the case, and of course reveal what happened next.

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Graham P. Jefcoate was born in Edmonton, Middlesex, England in 1951. He read English Literature at Downing College Cambridge and University College London, where he received his Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Archive Studies. Before he worked for the British Library from 1988 to 2001, he spent 7 years in Germany (1981 to 1988) as a joint compiler for the university libraries in Göttingen and Münster. In 1996 he became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and among others he held the position of a Director General of the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin. Since 2005 he has been the director of the University Library of Nijmwegen.

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Die Nova Vita Residenz Am Folkwang Museum liegt neben dem Mercure-Hotel auf der Bismarck Straße und auf der Goethestraße zwischen der Erlöserkirche und dem Folkwang-Museum. Parkmöglichkeiten findet man in der Goethestraße, der Tiefgarage der Nova Vita Residenz (Einfahrt Bismarck Straße) oder auf dem Parkplatz des Saalbau/Sheraton-Hotel U-Bahn: von Essen Hbhf. Richtung Bredeney – Station: „Saalbau“ Huyssenallee gegenüber Saalbau/ Sheraton-Hotel (3 Minuten Fußweg) oder U17 oder U18 – Station: „Bismarck Platz“ (10 Minuten Fußweg).