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Rare Book School Summer Sessions 2000

RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its June and July/August 2000
sessions. Each session 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 during the day, there will be early evening public
lectures and other events throughout each week of RBS.=20

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, book collectors, and others with an
interest in the subjects being treated.=20

The tuition for each five-day course is $690. Air-conditioned dormitory
housing (about $35/night) will be offered on the historic Central Grounds
of the University, and nearby hotel accommodations are 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, educational,
and scenic interest as well as various vacation attractions.

For an application form and a copy of the RBS Expanded Course Descriptions
(ECDs), providing additional details about the courses offered and other
information about RBS, write Rare Book School, 114 Alderman Library,
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2498; fax 804/924-8824;
email oldbooks@virginia.edu; or telephone 804/924-8851. Electronic copies
of the application form and the Expanded Course Descriptions will be
available shortly at our Internet Web site:


Monday - Friday 19-23 June

11 PUBLISHERS' BOOKBINDINGS, 1830-1910. The perception of the importance of
c19 books in library stack and other collections has risen dramatically in
recent years, and a variety of steps is being taken to preserve them. The
cover provided by the publisher is the prime compelling physical aspect of
these books. This course is aimed at those working with or interested in
c19 book covers. Emphasis is on American book covers with comparisons to
English and continental styles. Topics include: the materials (often
beautiful), technology, evolving styles of ornamentation, the network of
practitioners, the description of bindings, preservation, ongoing research,
and developing opportunities in the field. Instructor: Sue Allen.

12 PRINTING DESIGN AND PUBLICATION. In today's cultural institutions, the
texts for announcements, newsletters -- even full-dress catalogs -- are
composed on computers, often by staff members with scant graphic design
background. By precept and critical examination of work, the course
pinpoints how available software can generate appropriate design from
laser-printed posters and leaflets through complex projects with commercial
printers. Prime concerns are suitability, client expectations and
institutional authority. Instructor: Greer Allen.

13 RARE BOOK CATALOGING. Aimed at catalog librarians who find that their
present duties include (or shortly will include) the cataloging of rare
books or special collections materials. Attention will be given both to
cataloging books from the hand-press period and to c19 and c20 books in a
special collections context. Topics include: comparison of rare book and
general cataloging; application of codes and standards (especially _DCRB_);
uses of special files; problems in transcription, collation and physical
description; setting cataloging policy within an institutional context.
Instructor: Deborah J. Leslie.

14 ELECTRONIC TEXTS AND IMAGES. A practical exploration of the research,
preservation, editing, and pedagogical uses of electronic texts and images
in the humanities. The course will center around the creation of a set of
archival- quality etexts and digital images, for which we shall also create
an Encoded Archival Description guide. Topics include: SGML tagging and
conversion; using the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines; the form and
implications of XML; publishing on the World Wide Web; and the management
and use of online texts. For details about last year's version of this
course, see <http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/rbs/99>. Some experience with
HTML is a prerequisite for admission to the course. Instructor: David=

Monday - Friday 26-30 June

21 THE PRINTED BOOK IN THE WEST TO 1800. The introduction and spread of
printing in Europe; the development of book design and illustration; the
rise of the publishing industry; freedom and the regulation of the press;
the increase in literacy and its social consequences; the traffic in
printed matter and the growth of personal and institutional collections;
the impact of the Industrial Revolution. Intended for those who have a
limited background -- but a considerable interest -- in the history of the
book, and who expect, sooner or later, to take the other two courses in
this RBS sequence (The Medieval Book and The Printed Book in the West since
1800), both scheduled to be offered in 2001. Instructor: Martin Antonetti.

concerned with books, prints, and ephemera, especially of the first
two-thirds 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.

23 THE AMERICAN BOOK IN THE INDUSTRIAL ERA, 1820-1940. Manufacturing
methods, distribution networks, and publishing patterns introduced in the
US during the industrial era. There will be hands-on sessions in which
students examine and describe books produced during the period, providing
an introduction to analytical and bibliographical practice. Students will
also have the opportunity to discuss their own research projects with the
instructor and class members. Instructor: Michael Winship.

24 HOW TO RESEARCH A RARE BOOK. A survey of major reference sources
covering rare and early printed books, and the strategies for working with
them. Aimed at reference librarians and others who need to find citations
and interpret particulars, whether for work in acquisitions, cataloging or
description, captions in an exhibition, or informed work with readers.
Instructor: D. W. Krummel.

Description (EAD) provides standardized machine-readable access to primary
resource materials. This course is aimed at archivists, librarians, and
museum personnel who would like an introduction to EAD that includes an
extensive supervised hands-on component. Students will learn SGML encoding
techniques in part using examples selected from among their own
institution's finding aids. Topics: the context out of which EAD emerged;
introduction to the use of SGML authoring tools and browsers; the
conversion of existing finding aids to EAD. Offered again July 31 - August
4. Instructor: Daniel Pitti.

Monday - Friday 24-28 July

31 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.

32 BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO 1890. The identification of illustration processes
and techniques, including (but not only) woodcut, etching, engraving,
stipple, aquatint, mezzotint, lithography, wood engraving, steel engraving,
process line and halftone 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.

33 JAPANESE PRINTMAKING, 1615-1868. A survey of Ukiyo-e, the art of the
Japanese woodblock print. _Ukiyo-e_ literally means _floating world art_,
and it is through an exploration of the Floating World that produced this
art that we come to understand it. The course considers how the Floating
World developed in the c17 out of the earlier court culture, how it created
an interest in the courtesans, actors, and famous places of Japan that
became the chief subject-matter of c17-c19 printmakers, and how it declined
and changed in the late c19. The course will take advantage of the
extensive collection of Japanese prints owned by UVa's Bayly Museum.
Instructor: Sandy Kita.

34 MANAGING THE PAST. This course is intended for librarians and others for
whom the custody and deployment of books printed or written before 1850 is
part of the day's work. How to make the most of what you've got, what to
buy, how to buy, whether to sell (and if so, how and when) is on the
agenda; but the core of the course is the analysis of copy-specific data:
what makes this copy in (or about to be in) my library different from and
more important than anyone else's? Instructor: Nicolas Barker.

Monday - Friday 31 July - 4 August

41 INTRODUCTION TO CODICOLOGY. The principles, bibliography, and
methodology of the analysis and description of Western medieval and
Renaissance manuscripts. The course includes a survey of the development of
the physical features of manuscript books and practical work by the
students on particular points. 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.

42 ADVANCED DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY. A continuation and extension of RBS
course no. 53, Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography, this course will
be based on the intensive examination of a representative range of books
from the 1550-1875 period. The goal of the course is to deepen students'
familiarity with the physical composition of books; to gain further
experience in the use of Bowers' _Principles of Bibliographical
Description_; and to consider critically some of the uses of Bowers' method
(and its limitations) in the production of catalogs, bibliographies,
critical editions, and histories of books and reading. Instructor: Richard

practice of rare book librarianship. Topics include: the function of rare
books in libraries; the interpretation of rare book collections to their
publics; patterns of use; special collections reference materials;
security; environmental desiderata; exhibitions and publications; and
friends' groups. Instructor: Daniel Traister.

also be offered in the June session (for description, see June 26-30); the
two sessions will be identical in content. Instructor: Daniel=20

Monday - Friday 7-11 August

51 EUROPEAN DECORATIVE BOOKBINDING. An historical survey of decorative
bookbinding in England and on the European Continent, concentrating on the
period 1500-1800, but with examples drawn from the late c7 to the late c20.
Topics include: the emergence and development of various decorative
techniques and styles; readership and collecting; the history of
bookbinding in a wider historical context; the pitfalls and possibilities
of binding research. Enrollment in this course is strictly limited to those
who have already taken Nicholas Pickwoad's RBS bookbinding course, European
Bookbinding, 1500-1800. Instructor: Mirjam Foot.

52 ARTISTS' BOOKS: STRATEGIES FOR COLLECTING. The field of artists' books
includes work that spans the full spectrum of cultural objects, handmade
originals, calligraphic and typographic experimentation, conceptual
productions, and works produced in the traditions of fine printing and
independent publishing. This course provides critical and historical
perspectives from which to conceive of a collecting rationale for both
individuals and institutions. Instructor: Johanna Drucker.

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. In daily museum sessions, students will have the
opportunity to see a wide variety of printed books drawn from the extensive
Book Arts Press laboratory collections. Instructor: Terry Belanger and
Richard Noble.

54 VISUAL MATERIALS CATALOGING. Aimed at librarians and archivists who
catalog published and unpublished visual materials. The emphasis will be on
c19 and c20 prints and photographs being handled either as single items or
as collections. Topics include: descriptive and subject cataloging; form
and genre access; special problems in physical description; comparison of
Graphic Materials, AACR2 (Chapter 8), and APPM guidelines; the relationship
between physical processing and cataloging; establishing institutional
priorities. Instructor: Helena Zinkham.


GREER ALLEN has designed publications for Colonial Williamsburg, the
Houghton, the Beinecke, the Library Company, the Metropolitan, the
Rosenbach, the University of Chicago, the Storm King Art Center, and many
other libraries and museums. He was formerly Yale University Printer.

SUE ALLEN is the foremost authority on c19 American book covers. Her
research, lectures, writings, and exhibitions guide librarians and
conservators in the selective preservation of English and American bindings
of the c19 and early c20. Last year she received the annual award of the
American Printing History Association for her contributions to printing

MARTIN ANTONETTI became Curator of Rare Books at Smith College in 1997,
before which he was Librarian of the Grolier Club. Until 1990, he was head
of Special Collections at Mills College, where he regularly taught courses
in the history of books and printing.=20

NICOLAS BARKER is Editor of _The Book Collector_. He has written many
books, among them _Stanley Morison_ (1972)_, Bibliotheca Lindesiana_
(1977), and _Aldus Manutius and the Development of Greek Script and Type in
the 15th Century_ (2nd edn 1992). He is the editor of recent editions of
John Carter's classic _ABC for Book Collectors._

TERRY BELANGER founded RBS in 1983 at Columbia University. Since 1992, he
has been University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections
at the University of Virginia.

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
=E9criture humanistique sur parchemin_ (1984) and other books. He is
President of the Comit=E9 International de Pal=E9ographie Latine.

JOHANNA DRUCKER became Robertson Professor of Media Studies at UVa last
year; she has also taught at Columbia, Yale, and SUNY Purchase. She has
been making artists' books for many years. Among her books are _The visible
word: experimental typography and modern art, 1909-23_ (1994) and _The
Century of Artists' Books_ (1995).

MIRJAM FOOT retired as Director of Collections and Preservation in the
British Library last year. She is the author of many books and articles on
the history of bookbinding, including Studies in the History of Bookbinding
_(1993) and (with Howard Nixon) _The History of Decorated Bookbinding in
England_ (1992).

SANDY KITA, Assistant Professor of Japanese Art at the University of
Maryland, is the author of _A Hidden Treasure: Japanese Woodblock Prints in
the James Austin Collection_ (1996) and _The Last Tosa: Iwasa Katsumochi
Matabei, Bridge to Ukiyo-e_ (1999).

D. W. KRUMMEL is Professor Emeritus of Library Science and Music at the
University of Illinois at Urbana. His many books on music printing and the
history of bibliography include _Bibliographies, Their Aims and Methods_
(1984). He is completing a study of the history of the concept of
bibliographical records.

DEBORAH J. LESLIE is Head of Cataloging at the Folger Shakespeare Library,
before which she was a rare book catalog librarian at Yale University. She
has also worked as a cataloger at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She
was RBMS thesaurus editor from 1995 to 1998.

JAMES MOSLEY is Visiting Professor in the Dept of Typography & Graphic
Communication at the University of Reading. He retired as Librarian of the
St Bride Printing Library in London earlier this year. The founding editor
of the _Journal of the Printing Historical Society_, he has written and
lectured extensively on the history of European and English typography.

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 connected with RBS
in various capacities since 1988.
DANIEL PITTI became Project Director at the University of Virginia's
Institute for Advanced Technology in 1997, before which he was Librarian
for Advanced Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was
the Coordinator of the Encoded Archival Description initiative.

DAVID SEAMAN is the founding director of the internationally-known
Electronic Text Center and on-line archive at the University of Virginia.
He lectures and writes frequently on SGML, the Internet, and the creation
and use of electronic texts in the humanities.

DANIEL TRAISTER is Curator, Research Services, Annenberg Rare Book &
Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania. He has published many
important articles on rare book librarianship. He has taught annually in
RBS since 1983.

MICHAEL TWYMAN is Emeritus Professor in 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.

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_, and he is the author of _American Literary
Publishing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Business of Ticknor and
Fields_ (1995). He has taught annually in RBS since 1983.

HELENA ZINKHAM worked as a reference and technical services librarian at
both the Maryland and New-York Historical societies before joining the
Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, where she is
head of the Technical Services Section.

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