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Rare Book School. 1995 Courses


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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
vacation attractions.

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  biblio@virginia.edu; or

   phone   804/924-8851.

                             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:
      Peter Blayney.

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.

      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

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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

      description of this course, see above, no. 21. Instructor:
      Martin Antonetti.

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.

      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.

      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 FIVE

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.

      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:
      Christopher Clarkson.

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-
      las Pickwoad.

      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.

      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
   American papermaking.

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
   development matters.

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
   book librarianship.

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: belanger@virginia.edu

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