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Science in Print

Science in Print I: Book Production in the Hand Press Period

Roger Gaskell and Anna Jones; Wednesdays 11am–12.30pm, weekly from 9 November (4 sessions), Whipple Old Library, except session 3

Using examples from the Whipple Library's rare book collections, these sessions will explore some bibliographical techniques to identify and describe the structure and production of printed material from the hand press period (16th–18th centuries). Understanding the book as a physical object is a vital complement to the study of the text, helping to locate its economic and social context, its audience, and ultimately its historical significance. Although the focus will be on scientific texts and illustrations, these sessions will be of interest to book historians in all disciplines, and all are welcome. The series will be structured as follows:

  • Survey of the hand press period I (Roger Gaskell)
  • Survey of the hand press period II (Roger Gaskell)
  • Hand press book production and its implications (in UL Historical Printing Room, led by Roger Gaskell)
  • Bibliographies, catalogues and online resources (Anna Jones)

For further information and to book a place, please contact Anna Jones (ahr23).

Science in Print II: Book Production in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

James Poskett and Sarah Bull; Wednesdays 11am–12.30pm, weekly from 1 March (3 sessions), Whipple Old Library

Science in Print continues in the Lent Term with a sub-series of sessions looking at mechanized book production in the 19th and early 20th centuries led by experts from the Department's postdoc community, with a special focus on the following themes: production, illustration, and distribution. Attendance will not depend on participation in SiPI, but those wishing to gain a fuller understanding of book production should aim to attend both series if possible, since many of the techniques used in the mechanized period develop those establish during the hand press period.

For further information and to book a place, please contact Anna Jones (ahr23).