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BOOKS AT VIRGINIA
RARE BOOK SCHOOL 1995
Books at Virginia: Rare Book School (RBS) offers its usual col-
lection 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 ad-
dition to the formal classes, there are early-evening public lec-
tures and other events throughout the five weeks of RBS.
The educational and professional prerequisites for RBS courses
vary. Some courses are primarily directed toward research librar-
ians and archivists. Others are intended for academics, persons
working in the antiquarian book trade, bookbinders and conserva-
tors, students of the history of books and printing, and others
with an interest in the subjects being treated.
The tuition for each five-day course is $550. Low-cost, air-con-
ditioned dormitory housing will be offered on the historic
central grounds of the University, and nearby hotel accommodation
is 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 fa-
milies) a better chance to explore the Charlottesville area,
which includes many sites of historic interest as well as various
For an application form and a copy of the RBS 1995 Expanded
Course Descriptions, providing further details about the courses
offered this year,
write Rare Book School, 114 Alderman Library, University of
Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2498; or
fax 804/924-8824; or
e-mail email@example.com; or
RBS 1995 COURSES
WEEK ONE: Monday 10 July - Friday 14 July
11 THE COMPANY OF STATIONERS TO 1637. The evolution and growth
of the Stationers' Company of London after the arrival of
printing transformed the English book trade. Topics include:
the attempts to obtain a charter in 1541-2 and 1554-7; the
changing regulations governing license, entrance, and the
ownership of texts; the prehistory and history of the English
Stock; the Star Chamber decrees of 1586 and 1637. Instructor:
12 COLLECTING TRAVEL LITERATURE. This course will explore the
value of travel literature in research library collections
through consideration of the following topics: travel litera-
ture as a genre; the development of travel literature from
ancient times to the end of the c19; major themes in travel
literature (commerce, religion, science, adventure, jour-
nalism); travel literature as an approach to many disciplines
(anthropology, ecology, geography, geology, natural history,
oceanography, sociology); maps and illustrations; bibliogra-
phies and major collections; philosophy of collecting (origi-
nals, facsimiles, modern editions). Instructor: John Parker.
13 PUBLISHERS' BOOKBINDINGS, 1830-1910. The study of publishers'
bookbindings, chiefly in the United States, but with frequent
reference to England, and occasional reference to Continental
developments. Topics include: the rise of the edition binder;
design styles and how they developed; new techniques, ma-
chines, and materials introduced in the c19; the identifica-
tion of rarities; the physical description of bindings; the
preservation of publishers' bindings. The course will make
extensive use of the Book Arts Press's notable collection of
c19 and early c20 binding exemplars. Instructor: Sue Allen.
14 PRINTING DESIGN AND PUBLICATION. In today's museums and li-
braries, the texts for readers' instructions, call slips,
signs, announcements, posters, checklists, and full-dress
catalogs are generally composed on microcomputers, often by
staff members with little graphic design experience. This
course will teach the principles of good design within the
limits of readily available software programs, centering on
work generated by a laser printer and reproduced on a photo-
copier (but without neglecting more complex projects
requiring the use of a commercial printer). The course will
include critiques of past examples and projected work which
students bring with them to class. Instructor: Greer Allen.
15 COLLECTING THE HISTORY OF ANGLO-AMERICAN LAW. This course is
intended for individuals who collect in some aspect of the
history of the law and for librarians who have custody of
historical legal materials and wish to form focused col-
lections. It will survey printed and MS materials in Anglo-
American law and introduce its bibliography and curatorship.
Course topics include: the role of legal materials in the de-
velopment of the common law; the history of the production
and distribution of law books; legal bibliographies,
catalogs, and reference books; philosophy and techniques of
collecting; acquiring books, MSS, and ephemera in the anti-
quarian book trade; and the history of the collection of
legal materials by private collectors and institutions. In-
structors: Morris L. Cohen and David Warrington.
16 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC TEXTS. An exploration of the re-
search, preservation, and pedagogical uses for electronic
texts. Topics include: finding and evaluating existing e-
texts; the creation of standards-based e-texts and related
digital images; SGML tagging and conversion (especially the
Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines and HTML); publishing on
the World Wide Web; text analysis tools (including PAT);
electronic text centers and the management and use of on-line
texts. Instructor: David Seaman.
WEEK TWO: Monday 17 July - Friday 21 July
21 HISTORY OF THE PRINTED BOOK IN THE WEST (SESSION I). Topics
include: early printed books; printing materials and proces-
ses; bookbinding; typography and book design; authorship,
publishing, reading, and the book trade; the book in America
and American books; graphic arts and book illustration; the
c19 mechanization of the printing trades; c20 fine printing.
Intended for those with no prior coursework or extensive
reading in the field. The instructor welcomes students from a
broad range of academic disciplines, collectors, dealers, and
librarians. Offered again in Week 3. Instructor: Martin
22 History of European and American Papermaking. Papermaking
from its introduction in Europe to the Industrial Revolution,
emphasizing changes in technology and the economics of the
trade. Questions of labor and management, the identification
and description of paper in early books and MSS, and the
revival of hand-papermaking in the c20. The course will
include several laboratory sessions in which students will
produce a series of Oriental and Western paper specimens
related to the lecture sessions. Instructors: Timothy Barrett
and John Bidwell.
23 BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO 1880. The identification of illustration
processes and techniques, including woodcut, etching, engrav-
ing, stipple, aquatint, mezzotint, lithography, wood engrav-
ing, steel engraving, process relief, collotype, photogra-
vure, and various kinds of color printing. The course will be
taught 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.
24 LITHOGRAPHY IN THE AGE OF THE HAND PRESS. This course, which
will explore a wide range of applications of lithography in
Europe, is aimed at those who are concerned with books,
prints, and ephemera especially of the first half of the c19.
Topics include: 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, in-
cluding music printing; chromolithography in the context of
color printing. Instructor: Michael Twyman.
25 THE AMERICAN BOOK IN THE INDUSTRIAL ERA: 1820-1914. This
course will explore manufacturing methods, distribution
networks, and publishing patterns introduced in the United
States during the industrial era. A major part of the course
will consist of small, supervised laboratory sessions in
which students will examine, analyze, and describe books
produced during the period. The course will also introduce
students to bibliographical practice and conventions as they
apply to these books. Instructor: Michael Winship.
26 INTRODUCTION TO RARE BOOK LIBRARIANSHIP (SESSION I). Overview
of the theory and practice of rare book librarianship. Topics
include: the function of rare books in libraries; the inter-
pretation of rare book collections to their publics; patterns
of use; special collections reference materials; security;
environmental desiderata; exhibitions and publications;
friends' groups. Offered again in Week 3. Instructor: Daniel
WEEK THREE: Monday 24 July - Friday 28 July
31 HISTORY OF THE PRINTED BOOK IN THE WEST (SESSION II). For a
description of this course, see above, no. 21. Instructor:
32 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 inter-relationship.
Topics include: the Gothic hands; humanistic script; the Re-
naissance 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 typogra-
phy; and early commercial typography. Instructor: James Mos-
33 BOOK PRODUCTION IN 16TH-CENTURY FRANCE. Of potential interest
to scholars of literature and the book trade in the French
Renaissance, this course will focus on printers in Paris and
Lyon and will examine their relations with the writers whose
works they produced. Writers may include Marot, Rabelais, Du
Bellay, Ronsard, Montaigne and others according to the
interests of the participants. The course will be conducted
in French. Instructor: Jeanne Veyrin-Forrer.
34 INTRODUCTION TO RARE BOOK LIBRARIANSHIP (SESSION II). For a
description of this course, see above, no. 26. The first ses-
sion of the course (17-21 July) is intended for professional
librarians who have had no formal training in this field but
whose duties now include the administration or care of rare
book collections. This session of the course is open to all
those with an interest in rare book librarianship, whether or
not they are currently working in a library or have had for-
mal training in the field. Instructor: Daniel Traister.
35 RARE BOOK LIBRARIES: A PERSPECTIVE FOR BOOKSELLERS. The in-
terests of rare book and special collections departments and
of antiquarian booksellers are closely related, but differ-
ences of perspective and function can result in misunder-
standing and confusion. This course, intended to improve
booksellers' ability to deal effectively with librarians,
presents the viewpoint of institutional collectors. Topics:
the concepts of special collections and their relationship to
scholarly research in the humanities; the rare book
librarian's day; how and why rare book librarians buy (and
sell); the collector/dealer/librarian triangle; dealer-libra-
rian relationships, good and bad; and issues of education and
training. Instructor: Richard Landon.
36 INTRODUCTION TO BOOK COLLECTING. This course is aimed at per-
sons who spend a fairly substantial amount of time and money
on book collecting, but who feel isolated from the national
(and international) antiquarian book community. Topics
include: the rationale of book collecting; developing rela-
tions with dealers; buying at auction; bibliophile and frien-
ds' groups; cataloging possibilities; preservation and con-
servation options; tax and other financial implications; what
finally to do with your books; and the literature of book
collecting. Instructors: Wm P. Barlow, Jr and Terry Belanger.
WEEK FOUR: Monday 31 July - Friday 4 August
41 EUROPEAN DECORATIVE BOOKBINDING. An historical survey of de-
corative bookbinding in England and on the European Conti-
nent, concentrating on the period 1500-1800, but with exam-
ples drawn from the late c7 to the late c20. Topics include:
the emergence and development of various decorative tech-
niques 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 limited to those who have taken Nicholas Pickwoad's RBS
course (see below, nos. 42 and 53). Instructor: Mirjam Foot.
42 EUROPEAN BOOKBINDING, 1500-1800 (SESSION I). How bookbinding
in the post-medieval period developed to meet the demands
placed on it by the growth of printing: techniques and mate-
rials employed to meet these demands; the development of
temporary bindings (eg pamphlets and publishers' bindings);
the emergence of structures usually associated with volume
production in the c19; the development of decoration; the
dating of undecorated bindings; the identification of nation-
al and local binding styles. Offered again in Week 5. In-
structor: Nicholas Pickwoad.
43 HOW TO RESEARCH A RARE BOOK. Strategies for the efficient
identification and interpretation of the bibliographies that
are most useful for work with rare and early printed books;
aimed at reference librarians, booksellers, catalogers, and
others who routinely research rare books. Sources primarily
in English and in the major other Roman-alphabet languages;
but some attention paid to non-Western sources as well. In-
structor: D. W. Krummel.
44 RARE BOOK CATALOGING. Aimed at catalog librarians who find
that their present duties include (or shortly will include)
the cataloging of rare books and/or special collections
materials. Attention will be given both to cataloging books
from the handpress 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; uses of special files; problems in transcription,
collation and physical description; and setting cataloging
policy within an institutional context. Instructor: Eric
45 VISUAL MATERIALS CATALOGING. Aimed at librarians and archi-
vists who catalog published or unpublished visual materials.
The emphasis will be on c19 and c20 prints and photographs
being cataloged either as single items or as part of archival
collections. Topics include: descriptive and subject catalog-
ing; form and genre access; special problems in authority
work and physical description; comparison of AMC and VIM
cataloging; the relationship between physical processing and
cataloging; and establishing institutional priorities.
Instructor: Jackie Dooley.
46 INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET. A practical introduction to the
Internet. Topics include: how to access and navigate the Net;
hands-on experience in a range of on-line resources, includ-
ing e-mail, the World Wide Web, and Gopher servers;
electronic discussion groups and library catalogs; strategies
for finding what you need; a look at what is coming in the
near future. Basic microcomputer skills such as word-process-
ing are required, but it is assumed that applicants will be
persons (eg booksellers, independent scholars, or librarians
at institutions not yet supporting network usage and
training) who have little or no previous experience with
Internet services. Instructor: David Seaman.
WEEK 5: Monday 7 August - Friday 11 August
51 LATIN PALEOGRAPHY, 1100-1500. An introduction to this ne-
glected field of paleography, including reading (and expand-
ing abbreviations proper to various disciplines), identifica-
tion, classification, dating and localization of the prin-
cipal kinds of Gothic and humanistic script. Examples of
Latin texts (and, exceptionally, French and English ones)
will be studied from photographs, photocopies, and slides.
Designed for all those who have to deal with late medieval
MSS. Applicants should have a good basic knowledge of Latin
and of paleography. Instructor: Albert Derolez.
52 INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL AND EARLY RENAISSANCE BOOKBINDING
STRUCTURES. An explanation of the diversities of European
bookbinding structures, up to and including the early period
of more generalized practice and divisions of labor. Topics
include: identification (where possible) of the main types of
binding structures; their dating and provenance; the recogni-
tion and recording of materials and techniques. Instructor:
53 EUROPEAN BOOKBINDING, 1500-1800 (SESSION II). For a descrip-
tion of this course, see under Course no. 42. The first ses-
sion of this course (31 July - 4 August) is intended espe-
cially for bench-trained practitioners; this session of the
course is intended especially for persons with a primarily
historical interest in the subject, and who have not (neces-
sarily) had bench training in bookbinding. Instructor: Nicho-
54 INTRODUCTION TO DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY. Introduction to the
physical examination and description of books and other
printed materials, especially (but not exclusively) of the
period 1550-1875. The course is designed both for those with
little or no prior exposure to this subject and for those
with some general knowledge of the field who wish to be pre-
sented with a systematic discussion of the elements of physi-
cal description (format, collation, signings, pagination, pa-
per, type, illustrations and other inserts, binding,
circumstances of publication, &c.). 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. Instructors: Terry Belanger and David
55 REFOCUSING SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. The emphasis of this course,
aimed at research and rare book librarians with collection
development responsibilities, will be on techniques for im-
proving a current collection's focus, though matters concern-
ing the acquisition of new materials will also be touched
upon. Topics include: developing a viable collection develop-
ment policy; surveying current collections; the challenges
presented by reformatting; techniques of deaccession. In-
structor: Hendrik Edelman.
56 DEVELOPING SPECIAL COLLECTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MATERIALS.
This course is aimed at research and rare book librarians, MS
librarians, and archivists whose current responsibilities in-
clude the care of collections containing African-American
printed and/or MS materials. Topics include: the history of
African-American institutional collecting; sources for
acquiring materials; developing clienteles of users; descrip-
tion and preservation; and current issues (Afrocentrism vs
Eurocentrism, ethics, inter-institutional competition). In-
structors: Lucious Edwards, Jr and Michael Plunkett.
BOOKS AT VIRGINIA
Rare Book School 1995
Most RBS courses are limited to 12 or fewer students. There is no
deadline for RBS applications, which are accepted from qualified
students right up until the week of a course, if there is room.
Prospective applicants are invited to fax, e-mail, telephone, or
write the RBS office after June 1st (the address particulars are
given below) to ask about the availability of course places.
RBS 1995 FACULTY
GREER ALLEN has designed publications for the Beinecke Library,
the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Houghton Library, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Newberry Library, Stanford
University, the University of Chicago, and many other libraries
and museums. He was formerly Yale University Printer.
SUE ALLEN is recognized as the foremost authority on 19th-century
American book covers. Her detailed research, lectures, writ-
ings, and exhibitions guide librarians and conservators to the
selective preservation of English and American bookbindings of
the 19th century.
MARTIN ANTONETTI is Librarian of the Grolier Club in New York
City, before which he was head of Special Collections at Mills
College, where he regularly taught courses in the history of
books and printing. Between 1984 and 1989, he was Associate
Director of Rare Book School.
WM P. BARLOW, JR is a partner in the Oakland, CA, accounting firm
of Barlow & Hughan. He has advised many individuals and
institutions on bibliographical tax matters both in a
professional capacity and as an officer of a number of Bay area
library friends' groups. A well-known book collector, he is the
president of the Bibliographical Society of America.
TIMOTHY BARRETT is an Associate Research Scientist at the
University of Iowa Center for the Book. His publications
include the standard Japanese Papermaking: Traditions, Tools
and Techniques (1983) and other books and articles on the
history of both oriental and western papermaking.
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.
JOHN BIDWELL is Librarian of the William Andrews Clark Memorial
Library at UCLA. He has published widely on the history of
PETER BLAYNEY is the author of The First Folio of Shakespeare
(1991), The Bookshops in Paul's Cross Churchyard (1990), The
Texts of King Lear and Their Origins: Nicolas Okes and the
First Quarto (1982), and other studies dealing with the early
English book trade.
CHRISTOPHER CLARKSON directs the Book and Manuscript Conservation
Workshops and their related internship program at West Dean
College, Sussex. Formerly Conservation Officer at the Bodleian
Library, Oxford, he also helped develop rare book conservation
at the Library of Congress. He has taught this course in Rare
Book School since 1984.
MORRIS L. COHEN was Professor of Law and head of the law
libraries successively at Harvard and Yale, before his retire-
ment as librarian in 1993. He is a well-known legal bibliogra-
ALBERT DEROLEZ is a professor at the Free Universities of Brus-
sels. He retired last year as Curator of Manuscripts and Rare
Books at the Library of the State University of Ghent. A spe-
cialist in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, he is the
author of Codicologie des manuscrits en criture humanistique
sur parchemin (1984) and other books.
JACKIE DOOLEY recently accepted the position of Head of Special
Collections at the University of California, Irvine, before
which she was head of Collections Cataloging at the Getty
Center for the History of Art and the Humanities. She is the
past chair of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
HENDRIK EDELMAN, author of The Dutch Language Press in America
(1986), is Professor of Library and Information Studies at the
Rutgers University School of Communication, Information and
Library Studies. He has advised many libraries on collection
LUCIOUS EDWARDS, JR is Archivist, Johnston Memorial Library, and
Adjunct Professor of History at Virginia State University. He
lectures frequently on the use of African-American primary
research sources in the teaching of U.S. history.
DAVID FERRIS is Curator of Rare Books at the Harvard University
Law School Library, where one of his interests is the
descriptive bibliography of early printed books. Connected with
RBS since 1986, he has been its Associate Director since 1990.
MIRJAM FOOT is Director of Collections and Preservation in the
British Library. 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).
ERIC HOLZENBERG is cataloguer at the Grolier Club in New York
City. He is the chair of the Bibliographic Standards Committee
of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the ACRL.
D. W. KRUMMEL is Professor of Library Science and Music at the
University of Illinois at Urbana. His most recent studies
include The Literature of Music Bibliography (1992) and the
Norton/Grove handbook, Music Printing and Publishing (1990).
RICHARD LANDON is Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
at the University of Toronto. He has taught courses on various
aspects of the history of the book and rare book librarianship
at Toronto and at Columbia University, and he has published and
lectured widely in these and other fields.
JAMES MOSLEY is Librarian of the St Bride Printing Library in
London, the largest library of its kind in the English-speaking
world. He is a welcome lecturer in the United States on
typographical subjects. He was the founding editor of the
Journal of the Printing Historical Society.
JOHN PARKER recently retired as Professor and Curator of the
James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota/Twin
Cities. He has written extensively on the history of ex-
ploration and discovery, and on rare book librarianship.
NICHOLAS PICKWOAD became Conservator at the Harvard University
Library in 1992. He was formerly Adviser for Book Conservation
to the National Trust in the United Kingdom. These will be the
14th and 15th times he has taught this celebrated course in
MICHAEL PLUNKETT is Director of Special Collections at the
University of Virginia Library. He is the author of Afro-
American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts (1990) and
an electronic edition of the same title published last year.
DAVID SEAMAN is the founding director of the nationally-known
Electronic Text Center and on-line archive at the University of
Virginia. He lectures and writes frequently on the creation and
use of electronic texts in the humanities.
DANIEL TRAISTER is Curator of Research Services in the Department
of Special Collections at the University of Pennsylvania. A
past chair of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of ACRL, he
has published important articles dealing with aspects of rare
MICHAEL TWYMAN is head of 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 other works on the history of lithography and printing.
JEANNE VEYRIN-FORRER is the retired Curator of Rare Books at the
Biblioth`eque Nationale. A collection of some of her writings,
La lettre et le texte: trente ann'ees de recherches sur
l'histoire du livre, was published in 1987.
DAVID WARRINGTON, Librarian for Special Collections at the
Harvard Law School since 1986, has worked at the Lilly Library
and in the antiquarian book trade.
MICHAEL WINSHIP is Associate Professor of English at the Uni-
versity of Texas at Austin. He edited the final three volumes
of the recently-completed nine-volume Bibliography of American
Literature. He is a frequent lecturer on subjects dealing with
American bibliography and book history.
Terry Belanger : University Professor : University of Virginia
Book Arts Press : 114 Alderman Library : Charlottesville, VA 22903
Tel: 804/924-8851 FAX: 804/924-8824 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org