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The Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
The Johns Hopkins University
Gilman Hall 301
Baltimore, MD 21218

Lawrence Principe

Phone (410) 516-5296
Fax (410) 516-7586

Earle Havens

The Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, The Sheridan Libraries, & Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of German & Romance Languages & Literatures

Phone: (410) 516-8662

Earle Havens (Ph.D., Yale University, History and Renaissance Studies) is the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Sheridan Libraries, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of History, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University.

His scholarly work concentrates on the history of the book, in particular print and manuscript culture from the late Middle Ages to the middle of the eighteenth century. Dr. Havens’ most recent research has focused on surreptitious printing, book smuggling, and scribal culture within the Roman Catholic underground in Elizabethan England and continental Europe; as well as research on the history of literary forgery in the early modern period.

Havens has served as curator of over a dozen major rare book, manuscript, and museum exhibitions, and teaches seminars on the history of the book and European cultural and religious history to undergraduates and graduate students at Johns Hopkins, most recently: Revolutions of the Book: The Transformation of Knowledge in Europe from  Antiquity to the Renaissance and Enlightenment; Halls of Wonder: Art, Science, and Culture in the Age of the Marvelous, 1450-1750; Heaven on Earth: History, Art, and the Material Culture of St. Peter’s and the Vatican; Literature and Truth: Forgery and Theory from the Renaissance; The Renaissance Dialogue with the Past: Humanism in Europe, 1300-1600.

In addition to his recent work, Dr. Havens serves as Principal Investigator on recently received grants of over $500,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2013-16) in support of an ongoing digital humanities initiative, “The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe,” in collaboration with Co-Investigators, Lisa Jardine, Centre for the Studies of Lives and Letters, University College London; and Anthony Grafton, Department of History, Princeton University. This digital and analytical team research project explores the history of reading practices in 16th- and early 17th-century Europe, focusing comparatively on the extensive libraries and manuscript marginal annotations in books by Gabriel Harvey, John Dee, and Isaac Casaubon.

His recent and forthcoming scholarly publications include:

Printers, Papists, and Priests: Underground Printing, Book Smuggling, and Scribal Culture in the Elizabethan Catholic Internationale, 1558-1603, in progress.

(With Walter Stephen and Janet Gomez), Literary Forgery, History and Theory: The Bibliotheca Fictiva at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), under proposal.

Lies, Fakes, and Forgeries: Rare Books and Manuscripts from the Arthur and Janet Freeman Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection (Freeport, ME: Ascensius Press, 2014), in press.

(With Dr. Elizabeth Patton and Susannah Monta), Life in the Elizabethan Catholic Underground: A Critical Edition of the Lives of Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel, and Lady Anne Howard (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies/University of Toronto Press, 2015), under contract.

(With Elizabeth Patton,), “Books for the Church Militant:  Women, Prisons, and a Roman Catholic Book Smuggling Ring in Late Elizabethan London,” in Ed. James Kelly, Early Modern English Catholicism: Identity, Memory and Counter-Reformation” (Farnam, UK, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015), under contract, in progress.

“Book,” and “Commonplace Book,” in Eds. Marco Sgarbi, et al., The Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (Heidelberg: Springer, 2015), in progress.

(With Alexandra Walsham), “Catholic Libraries” in Folger Shakespeare Library series, Private Libraries in Renaissance England, vol. 8 (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2014), 129-56.