SUMMER COURSES: London Rare Books School Programme 2013.
The LRBS will take place for two weeks from 24 to 28 June (Week one) and 1 to 5 July (Week two). Each course on offer will consist of thirteen seminars, amounting in all to twenty hours of teaching time spread between Monday afternoon and Friday afternoon. It is therefore only possible to take one course per week.
There will be timetabled ‘library time’ that will allow students to explore the rich resources of the University’s Senate House Library, one of the UK’s major research libraries. There will also be an evening programme with an opening reception and talk, a book history lecture, and receptions hosted by major London antiquarian booksellers.
LRBS Courses, 24-28 June 2013:
* The Book in the Ancient World
* Children’s Books, 1470-1980
* An Introduction to Bibliography
* Mapping Land and Sea before 1900
* The Medieval Book
* The Printed Book in Europe 1450-2000
* Type and its Uses 1455-1830.
The Book in the Ancient World
Course tutors: Dr Irving Finkel, Dr Matthew Nicholls, Dr Marigold Norbye, Dr. Kathryn E. Piquette and Alan Cole, Curator of the Museum of Writing
The course is an intensive survey of the origins of, and the changes in, textual culture that took place between c. 2500 BC and 400 AD. It will set these changes into their related historical contexts and place considerable emphasis on the material nature of writing and book construction. This will involve extensive use of materials from the Museum of Writing (Curator: Mr Alan Cole) currently housed in the Senate House Library. In addition to handling and using original artefacts, students will have the opportunity to experiment with writing on clay tablets, on papyrus, and on wax tablets using modern reconstructions under the guidance of Alan Cole who will provide practical sessions during some of the seminars (these are asterisked). The course will end by looking at the ways in which the modern book form (the codex) emerged at the end of the period, and how some of the ancient texts studied in the course survived through the post-classical manuscript periods to the age of printing.
The Medieval Book
Course tutor: Professor Michelle P. Brown
Additional Lecturers: Dr Rowan Watson
This course will provide an intensive introduction to manuscript culture during Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The historical contexts for manuscript production will be explored and the landscape populated with some of those who commissioned and made these remarkable works. Techniques of production, terminology and methods of description and cataloguing will be examined and a brief survey of palaeography and codicology will be provided. Styles and principal trends will be studied, with the aid of digital images, slides, facsimiles and primary sources (with valuable opportunities to examine manuscripts at the British Library, the V&A and Senate House Library). The Course Tutor and additional lecturers are all acknowledged experts in their fields and will share their experience and perspectives as scholars and curators.
The Printed Book in Europe, 1450-2000
Course tutor: Professor John Feather
This is an introductory course for which there are no pre-requisites other than those needed for admission to the LRBS. It is suitable for anyone with an interest in the history of books, including historians, literary scholars, librarians, collectors and antiquarian booksellers. No prior knowledge will be assumed, other than through the pre-course reading which will be selected from the Recommended Reading list.