Friday, 22 June 2007

Robert L. Dawson

Bob Dawson passed away in Paris on 3 June 2007.

Bob taught for over 30 years in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Senior Curator at the Harry Ranson Center.

Some of you will recall that Bob was the author of 'Notes on Press-figures in France and the Localization of Books during the later 18th Century', which appeared in BSANZ Bulletin 28.3 (2004), 97-121. What you will not know is Brian McMullin has written an article discussing Bob's contribution to our journal. I sent this article to Bob, who was due to complete his riposte last week.

Rudy de Mattos described Bob thus: "Bob was a great scholar who was a never-ending source of knowledge. His scholarship on the history of book and the permission simple, is crucial to our field. A lover of eighteenth-century books, he had  a collection of over 17000 rare books that is now at Texas A&M. He loved Mme Riccoboni, hence his nickname on [the 18C-List], and many of the French Women authors, such as Olympe de Gouges".

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