The History of Printed Book Illustration

COURSE: The History of Printed Book Illustration, Summer School 2017, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 26 June – 30 June 2017. Convened by Dr Elizabeth Savage.

Themes: Early illustrated books; methods of printing; the description of illustrations in modern catalogues; early illustrated books in the West; methods of printing; the role of colour; scientific and medical imagery; maps; children’s books; broadsides; ornament; devotional images; workshop and trade structures; the influence of book illustrations on art and architecture; illustrations as propaganda; and art historical, book historical and literary approaches to book illustration.

The course is for those who work with early books as in any academic or professional capacity. In addition to seminars and examination of items from Bodleian collections, students will be instructed in the practical processes used to illustrate early printed books, in the Bodleian’s hand-press printing workshop. Practical printing instruction will be supervised by Richard Lawrence.

The course consists of 15 hours of taught seminars plus 10 hours of practical printing & printing demonstrations at the Bodleian’s Bibliographical Press under the instruction of Richard Lawrence. The course will include examination of materials from the Bodleian Libraries Rare Books collections.

Guest speakers include Roger Gaskell, on the illustration of science books; Ad Stijnman, on intaglio methods; Martin Andrews, on 19th-century illustration processes.

Course fee: £550. The fee covers tuition, lunch and refreshments only. Students must make their own arrangements for accommodation during the course. Applications should include the application form, a cv, and a short onepage statement of your reasons for joining the course.

Eligibility for the course: You must be over 18 and be able to demonstrate an interest in the subject of early printing. Experience working with early printed books either for academic study or in a professional capacity will be an advantage, but special expertise is not required. Places on the course are limited to 12.

Applications accepted from 20 January 2017.

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