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Science in Print

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

Roger Gaskell; Wednesdays 11am–12.30pm, weekly from 8 November (4 sessions), Whipple Old Library, except session 2

Understanding how the book is made is vital to the study of its contents, helping to locate its economic and social context, its audience, and ultimately its historical significance. Using examples from the Whipple Library's rare book collections and the University Library's Historical Printing Collection, this workshop series will explore some bibliographical techniques to identify and describe the structure and production of printed material from the hand press period (16th–18th centuries), and consider the uses and abuses of online derivatives. 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.

  • 8 November: Survey of the hand press period I
  • 15 November: Hand press book production and its implications (in the Historical Printing Room at the University Library)
  • 22 November: Survey of the hand press period II
  • 29 November: Analysing books from the hand press period

The sessions are open to all (undergraduates, graduates, visitors and beyond), but places are limited to ensure all have full access to the examples. Please contact Dawn Kingham (dm313) to register your interest. The sessions are conceived as a series, but it is possible to sign up for individual sessions to suit your interests if you can't make them all. Please indicate when booking which session(s) you would like to attend.

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

Sarah Bull; Wednesdays 11am–12.30pm, weekly from 21 February (4 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, with a special focus on the following themes: production, illustration, and distribution.

For further information and to book a place, please contact Dawn Kingham (dm313).