Rare Book School Courses on American Book History This Spring and Summer

“Rare Book School is an important—and well-placed—investment for anyone who is interested in the art and history of the book.” –2017 student

Expand your understanding of book history during a Rare Book School course this spring or summer. Our five-day, intensive courses on the history of manuscript, print, and digital materials will be offered at the University of Virginia, The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amherst College, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Indiana University, Bloomington. 

Imaging the first printed edition of Euclid’s Elements

Adam Gibson writes about an interesting project involving modern imaging methods and early printing innovations:

"Some time ago, Tabitha Tuckett in UCL Special Collections and I had a stimulating chat which sparked a handful of potentially intriguing projects. Today’s was to see whether we could find any interesting features associated with the printed diagrams in the margins of the first printed edition of Euclid’s Elements.

Euclid wrote the Elements in about 300BC and it effectively defined mathematics for the next two thousand years...

Women in the Book Trades website

Hello, All - I am seeking partners in developing a website and associated database on women in the book trades in the hand press period (ca. 1475-1820). I have already begun work on this project (right now my mysql database numbers over two thousand entries) but find I am in need of help. Most useful would be folks with the technical knowledge of website design and database creation, but all kinds of enthusiasm are welcome.

New publication on Ivan Fedorov and early Cyrillic printing

Forwarded from Sergei Bogatyrev:

Dear All,


It is my pleasure to announce the publication of this collection which completes a joint project of UCL and the British Library on Ivan Fedorov and early printing. For other activities of the project, see here



and here

CFP: The Art of Revolutions, October 26-28, 2017

The tumult and transformations resulting from the Age of Revolutions (1770s-1840s) created a trans-Atlantic body of art and material culture that reflected and inspired new ideas and actions.  Inspired by Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society’s 2017 exhibition on the legacy of the patriot portraitist Charles Willson Peale and his artistic family from the eighteenth century until the middle of the nineteenth, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)’s forthcoming publication of The Art of the Peales: Adaptations and Innovations,


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