The Case of Mrs. Schroder’s Luther: German Books and Crime in Regency London

17. April 2018 19:00

Graham Jefcoate

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.

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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