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- Subject: RBS 1997 courses
- From: Terry Belanger <tb3e@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 11 Mar 1997 15:59:28 -0500
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On Mar 7, 21:33, Terry Belanger wrote:
> Subject: RBS 1997 courses announcement
> Rare Book School is pleased to announce its 1997 roster of
> five-day non-credit courses to Book_Arts-L subscribers. The
> complete list of 22 courses offered, on subjects ranging from
> medieval codicology to modern book collecting, may be found at
> our Web site:
> Of particular potential interest to persons interested in the
> book arts are the following:
> HISTORY OF THE PRINTED BOOK IN THE WEST. Early printed books;
> printing processes; bookbinding; typography and book design;
> publishing, reading, and the book trade; the book in America and
> American books; book illustration; c19 mechanization of the
> printing trades; c20 fine printing. Intended for those with no
> prior coursework or extensive reading in the field. Instructor:
> Martin Antonetti. Offered twice: 14- 18 July and 21-25 July.
> MARTIN ANTONETTI became Curator of Rare Books at Smith
> College in February, before which he was Librarian of the Grolier
> Club. Between 1986 and 1990, he was head of Special Collections
> at Mills College, where he regularly taught courses in the
> history of books and printing.
> HISTORY OF EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN PAPERMAKING. Papermaking from
> its introduction in Europe to the Industrial Revolution,
> emphasizing changes in technology and the economics of the trade.
> Labor and management, the identification and description of paper
> in early books and manuscripts, the revival of hand-papermaking
> in the c20. The course includes several laboratory sessions in
> which students will produce a series of oriental and Western
> paper specimens related to lecture sessions. Instructors: Timothy
> D. Barrett and John Bidwell. 14-18 July.
> TIMOTHY D. BARRETT is Research Scientist at the
> University of Iowa Center for the Book. His publications include
> the standard _Japanese Papermaking: Traditions, Tools and
> Techniques_ (1983) and other books and articles on the history of
> both oriental and Western papermaking. JOHN BIDWELL is Curator of
> Graphic Arts at the Princeton University Library. He is the
> author of several works on the history of English and American
> papermaking, including _Fine Papers at the Oxford University
> Press_, forthcoming from the Whittington Press in 1998.
> LITHOGRAPHY IN THE AGE OF THE HAND PRESS. This course, which
> explores a wide range of applications of lithography in Europe,
> is aimed at those concerned with books, prints, and ephemera
> especially of the first half of the c19. Topics: Senefelder and
> the discovery of lithography; lithographic stones and presses;
> the work of the lithographic draftsman, letterer, and printer;
> early lithographed books and other printing; the development of
> particular genres, including music printing; chromolithography.
> Instructor: Michael Twyman. 14-18 July.
> MICHAEL TWYMAN is head of the Department of Typography &
> Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. He is the
> author of _Lithography 1800-1850_ (1970), _Early Lithographed
> Books_ (1990), and _Early Lithographed Music_ (1996), among other
> works on the history of lithography and printing.
> PUBLISHERS' BOOKBINDINGS, 1830-1910. The study of publishers'
> bookbindings, chiefly in the US, but with frequent reference to
> England, and occasional reference to Continental developments.
> Topics: the rise of the edition binder; design styles and how
> they developed; new techniques, machines, and materials
> introduced in the c19; the identification of rarities; the
> physical description of bindings; the preservation of publishers'
> bindings. The course will make extensive use of the Book Arts
> Press's notable collection of c19 and early c20 binding
> exemplars. Instructor: Sue Allen. 14-18 July.
> SUE ALLEN is recognized as the foremost authority on
> 19th-century American book covers. Her research, lectures,
> writings, and exhibitions guide librarians and conservators in
> the selective preservation of English and American bindings of
> the 19th and early 20th centuries.
> PRINTING DESIGN AND PUBLICATION. In today's museums, libraries,
> and other cultural institutions, the texts for instructions,
> announcements, newsletters--even full-dress catalogs--are
> composed on microcomputers, often by staff members with scant
> graphic design background. This course stresses the creation of
> appropriate design using readily-available software, covering
> products generated via laserprinter and photocopier as well as
> complex work involving commercial printers. Prime concerns are
> institutional authority and clients' expectations. Instructor:
> Greer Allen. 14-18 July.
> GREER ALLEN has designed publications for the Houghton
> Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rosenbach Museum and
> Library, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and many other
> libraries and museums. He was formerly Yale University Printer.
> INTRODUCTION TO CODICOLOGY. The principles, bibliography and
> methodology of the analysis and description of Western medieval
> and Renaissance manuscripts. Survey of the development of the
> physical features of manuscript books from the c5 to the c15.
> This is a course for non-specialists, but applicants must have
> considerable background in the historical humanities; in
> admitting students to the class, the instructor will prefer those
> with at least an introductory knowledge of Latin and some
> previous exposure to paleography. Instructor: Albert Derolez.
> 21-25 July.
> ALBERT DEROLEZ is a professor at the Free Universities of
> Brussels; he was formerly Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books
> at the Library of the State University of Ghent. He is the author
> of _Codicologie des manuscrits en criture humanistique sur
> parchemin_ (1984) and other books. Earlier this year, he taught
> an RBS Master Class on European codicology at Princeton
> BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO 1890. The identification of illustration
> processes and techniques, including woodcut, etching, engraving,
> stipple, aquatint, mezzotint, lithography, wood engraving, steel
> engraving, process relief, collotype, photogravure, and color
> printing. The course will be taught almost entirely from the
> extensive Book Arts Press files of examples of illustration
> processes. As part of the course, students will make their own
> etchings, drypoints, and relief cuts in supervised laboratory
> sessions. Instructor: Terry Belanger. 21-25 July.
> TERRY BELANGER began Rare Book School at Columbia
> University in 1983. Since 1992, he has been University Professor
> and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of
> Virginia. This year the Book Arts Press, which he founded in
> 1972, celebrates its 25th anniversary.
> MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION: LETTERPRESS PRINTING FOR HISTORIANS AND
> BIBLIOGRAPHERS. A practical introduction to the techniques needed
> in an c18 printing shop: paper dampening, the construction and
> use of ink balls, making ready, and working the press in pairs
> and one-on. Half of each day will be spent in laboratory sessions
> using the Alderman Library's full-size reproduction of a common
> press. Students will set and proof type, but the focus of the
> labs will be more on press-work than composition. Topics include:
> the daily life of printers and their apprentices; the trades that
> supported printing during the handpress period; implications for
> descriptive bibliography and modern pedagogy. Instructor: Brett
> Charbeneau. 21-25 July.
> BRETT CHARBENEAU became a journeyman printer at the
> Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 1994 by completing a six-year
> apprenticeship. Project Coordinator of the Williamsburg Imprints
> Program (www.desbib.org), he was recently appointed Systems
> Administrator at the Williamsburg Regional Library (www.wrl.org).
> INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL AND EARLY RENAISSANCE BOOKBINDING
> STRUCTURES. An explanation of the diversities of European
> bookbinding structures, up to and including the early period of
> more generalized practice and divisions of labor. Topics include:
> identification (where possible) of the main types of binding
> structures; their dating and provenance; the recognition and
> recording of materials and techniques. Instructor: Christopher
> Clarkson. 28 July - 1 August.
> CHRISTOPHER CLARKSON directs the Book and Manuscript
> Conservation Workshops and their related internship program at
> West Dean College, Sussex. Formerly Conservation Officer at the
> Bodleian Library, Oxford University, he also helped develop rare
> book conservation programs at the Library of Congress. An
> internationally renowned consultant on the care of medieval
> manuscripts and bindings, he has taught courses in RBS since
> LATIN PALEOGRAPHY, 1100-1500. An introduction to this neglected
> field of paleography, including reading (and expanding
> abbreviations proper to various disciplines), identification,
> classification, dating and localization of the principal kinds of
> Gothic and humanistic script. Examples of Latin texts (and,
> exceptionally, French and English ones) will be studied from
> photographs, photocopies, and slides. Designed for all those who
> have to deal with late medieval MSS. Applicants should have a
> good basic knowledge of Latin and of paleography. Instructor:
> Albert Derolez. 28 July - 1 August. [For bio see above.]
> TYPE, LETTERING, AND CALLIGRAPHY, 1450-1830. The development of
> the major formal and informal book hands, the dominant printing
> types of each period, and their interrelationship. Topics
> include: the Gothic hands; humanistic script; the Renaissance
> inscriptional capital; Garamond and the spread of the Aldine
> Roman; calligraphy from the chancery italic to the English round
> hand; the neo-classical book and its typography; and early
> commercial typography. The course presupposes a general knowledge
> of Western history and some awareness of the continuity of the
> Latin script but no special knowledge of typographical history.
> Instructor: James Mosley. 28 July - 1 August.
> JAMES MOSLEY is Librarian of the St Bride Printing
> Library in London, the largest library of its kind in the
> English-speaking world. He is a welcome lecturer in the United
> States on typographical subjects. He was the founding editor of
> the _Journal of the Printing Historical Society_.
> BOOK COLLECTING. This course is aimed at persons who spend a
> fairly substantial amount of time, energy, and money on
> collecting, but who feel rather isolated from the national (and
> international) antiquarian book communities. Topics include: the
> rationale of book collecting; developing relations with dealers;
> buying at auction; bibliophile and friends' groups; preservation
> and conservation options; tax and other financial implications;
> what finally to do with your books; the literature of book
> collecting. Instructors: Wm P. Barlow, Jr and Terry Belanger. 28
> July - 1 August.
> WM P. BARLOW, JR is a partner in the Oakland, CA,
> accounting firm of Barlow & Hughan. He has advised many
> individuals and institutions on bibliographical tax matters both
> in a professional capacity and as an officer of library friends'
> groups. [For TB's bio see above.]
> THE USE OF PHYSICAL EVIDENCE IN EARLY PRINTED BOOKS. The use of a
> wide variety of evidence--paper, type, rubrication and
> illumination, bindings, ownership marks, and annotations--to shed
> light both on questions of analytical bibliography, and wider
> questions of book distribution, provenance and use. There will be
> a fairly detailed discussion and analysis of both good and bad
> features in existing reference works on early printing. The
> seminar assumes a basic knowledge of descriptive bibliography and
> some familiarity with Latin. Instructor: Paul Needham. 4-8
> PAUL NEEDHAM is director of the Books and MSS Department,
> Sotheby's New York. Until 1990, he was Astor Curator of Printed
> Books & Bindings at the Pierpont Morgan Library. He has given RBS
> Master Classes on early printed books at the Morgan and at the
> Huntington Library.
> EUROPEAN BOOKBINDING, 1500-1800. How bookbinding in the post-
> medieval period developed to meet the demands placed on it by the
> growth of printing: techniques and materials employed to meet
> these demands; the development of temporary bindings (for
> example, pamphlets and publishers' bindings); the emergence of
> structures usually associated with volume production in the c19;
> the dating of undecorated bindings; the identification of
> national and local binding styles. Instructor: Nicholas Pickwoad.
> 4-8 August.
> NICHOLAS PICKWOAD is a book conservator in private
> practice. From 1992 to 1995, he was Conservator at the Harvard
> University Library, before which he was Advisor to the [English]
> National Trust for Conservation. This will be the 17th time he
> has taught his celebrated course at RBS.
> THE AMERICAN BOOK IN THE INDUSTRIAL ERA, 1820-1940. This course
> will explore manufacturing methods, distribution networks, and
> publishing patterns introduced in the US during the industrial
> era. The course will include laboratory sessions in which
> students will examine, analyze, and describe books produced
> during the period and will allow students the opportunity to
> discuss their own research projects with the instructor. The
> course will also introduce students to bibliographical practice
> and conventions as they apply to these books. Instructor: Michael
> Winship. 4-8 August.
> MICHAEL WINSHIP is Professor of English at the University
> of Texas at Austin. He edited the final three volumes of the
> nine-volume _Bibliography of American Literature_. The Cambridge
> University Press published his _American Literary Publishing in
> the Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Business of Ticknor and Fields_
> in 1995. In January, he received the American Printing History
> Association's annual award for his contributions to printing
> INTRODUCTION TO DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY. An introduction to the
> physical examination and description of printed books especially
> of the period 1550-1875. Designed both for those with little
> previous formal exposure to this subject and for those with some
> general knowledge of the field who wish to be presented with a
> systematic discussion of the elements of physical description. A
> major part of the course will consist of small, closely
> supervised laboratory sessions in which students will gain
> practice in determining format and collation and in writing
> standard descriptions of signings and pagination. The course is
> especially appropriate for those who are uncomfortable in reading
> detailed bibliographical descriptions, or who need guidance in
> the techniques of identifying bibliographical formats and
> collations. Instructors: Terry Belanger and Richard Noble. 4-8
> RICHARD NOBLE is Rare Books Cataloguer at the John Hay
> Library, Brown University. He is co-author (with Joan Crane) of
> _Guy Davenport: A Descriptive Bibliography 1947-1995_ (1996). He
> has been associated with the RBS descriptive bibliography course
> since 1988. [For TB's bio see above.]
> MORE ABOUT RBS
> RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) offers a collection of five-day,
> non-credit courses on topics concerning rare books, manuscripts,
> and special collections. Students make a full-time commitment to
> any course they attend, from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday; most
> students also attend an informal dinner on the Sunday evening
> before their first class on Monday. In addition to the formal
> classes, there are early-evening public lectures and other events
> throughout the four weeks of RBS.
> THE EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL prerequisites for RBS
> courses vary. Some courses are primarily directed toward research
> librarians and archivists. Others are intended for academics,
> persons working in the antiquarian book trade, bookbinders and
> conservators, professional and avocational students of the
> history of books and printing, and others with an interest in the
> subjects being treated.
> THE TUITION FOR EACH FIVE-DAY COURSE is $595. Low-cost,
> air-conditioned dormitory housing will be offered on the historic
> central grounds of the University, and nearby hotel accommodation
> is readily available. Students are encouraged to take advantage
> of RBS's housing to arrive a few days before their course, or
> stay a few days later, in order to give themselves (and their
> families) a better chance to explore the Charlottesville area,
> which includes many sites of historic interest as well as various
> vacation attractions.
> FOR AN APPLICATION FORM and a copy of the RBS 1997 Expanded
> Course Descriptions (ECD), providing further details about the
> courses offered this year, write Rare Book School, 114 Alderman
> Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2498;
> or fax 804/924-8824; or email biblio@xxxxxxxxxxxx; or telephone
> 804/924-8851. Electronic copies of the Expanded Course
> Description and various other RBS documents can be accessed
> through our World Wide Web site, as described at the top of this
> Terry Belanger : University Professor : University of Virginia
> Book Arts Press : 114 Alderman Library : Charlottesville, VA 22903
> Tel: 804/924-8851 FAX: 804/924-8824 email: belanger@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> URL: http://poe.acc.virginia.edu/~oldbooks/
> -- End of excerpt from Terry Belanger <tb3e>
Terry Belanger : University Professor : University of Virginia
Book Arts Press : 114 Alderman Library : Charlottesville, VA 22903
Tel: 804/924-8851 FAX: 804/924-8824 email: belanger@xxxxxxxxxxxx