7.0461 Rare Book School 1994: Books at Virginia (1/566)
Elaine Brennan (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Wed, 2 Feb 1994 18:47:48 EST
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0461. Wednesday, 2 Feb 1994.
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 1994 20:18:34 -0500
From: Terry Belanger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: HUMANIST contribution
May I submit the following as of possible interest to subscribers
BOOKS AT VIRGINIA
RARE BOOK SCHOOL 1994
Books at Virginia: Rare Book School (RBS) offers 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 addition to the formal
classes, there are early evening public lectures 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
librarians and archivists. Others are intended for academics;
persons working in the antiquarian book trade; bookbinders and
conservators; students of the history of books, writing, and
printing; and those generally interested in the subjects being
The tuition for each course is $525. Low-cost, air-conditioned
dormitory housing will be offered on the 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 families) a better chance
to explore the Charlottesville area, which includes many sites of
historic interest as well as various vacation attractions.
For a copy of the RBS 1994 Expanded Course Descriptions sheet
(providing further details about the courses offered this year)
and an application form, write, fax, email, or telephone Rare
Book School, 114 Alderman Library, University of Virginia,
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2498: fax 804/924-8824; e-mail
email@example.com; telephone 804/924-8851.
Monday 11 July - Friday 15 July
11 THE DEVELOPMENT OF LITHOGRAPHY. 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 19th century. 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, including music printing;
chromolithography in the context of color printing. Instructor:
12 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, machines,
and materials introduced in the 19th century; the identification
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
19th-century binding exemplars. Instructor: Sue Allen.
13 PRINTING DESIGN AND PUBLICATION. In today's museums and
libraries, 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 photocopier (but without
neglecting more complex projects requiring the use of a
commercial printer). The course will include critiques of past
examples and project work which students bring with them to
class. There will be a field trip to a commercial printer.
Instructor: Greer Allen.
14 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS FRIENDS AND RELATIONS. This course is
aimed at three interlocking constituencies: donors (and potential
donors); the officers of friends-of-the-library groups; and
special collections librarians with part-time responsibilities
for development and donor relations. The following topics will be
considered from the point of view of each of these groups: why,
when, and how collectors and other donors give (and why, when,
and how libraries accept) special collections materials; special
collections development and fundraising, and what friends groups
can (and cannot) do to help; contributions, tax law, and dealing
with the IRS (including the new requirements on contribution
reporting). Instructor: Wm P. Barlow, Jr.
15 THE ANTIQUARIAN BOOK TRADE: An Introduction for Rare Book
Librarians. This course is intended to improve rare book
librarians' ability to deal effectively with the antiquarian book
trade. Topics include: the interlocking structure of the used and
antiquarian book business; the movement of rare books (including
book fairs and auctions); the ABAA; how dealers see libraries;
successful library-dealer business relationships. Instructor:
Monday 18 July - Friday 22 July
21 HISTORY OF THE PRINTED BOOK. The production and impact of the
printed book in the West since the 15th century. The transition
from MS to printed book; technical and stylistic aspects of book
production (paper, ink, type, presswork, illustration, binding);
the professions of authorship, printing, and publishing; changing
patterns of book distribution; the book as an economic, social,
and cultural force. Aimed at those who have had little or no
previous formal exposure to this field. Instructors: Alice
Schreyer and Peter M. VanWingen.
22 EUROPEAN DECORATIVE BOOKBINDING. An historical survey of
decorative bookbinding in England and on the European Continent,
concentrating on the period 1500-1800, but with examples drawn
from the late 7th century to the late 20th century. Topics
include: the emergence and development of various decorative
techniques 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, no. 43). Instructor: Mirjam Foot.
23 MANAGING THE PAST. This course is intended for librarians and
others for whom the custody and deployment of books printed or
written before 1850 is part of the day's work. How to make the
most of what you've got, what to buy, how to buy, whether to sell
(and if so, how and when) is on the agenda; but the core of the
course will be the analysis of copy-specific data: what makes
this copy in (or about to be in) my library different from and
more important than anyone else's? Instructor: Nicolas Barker.
24 BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO THE YEAR 1880 (Session I). The identi-
fication of illustration processes and techniques, including
woodcut, etching, copper engraving, drypoint, stipple, aquatint,
mezzotint, lithography, wood engraving, steel engraving, color
printing, process relief prints, collotype, and photogravure. 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. Offered again in Week 3.
Instructor: Terry Belanger.
25 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
interpretation 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
26 INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET. A practical introduction to
accessing and navigating the Internet. Topics include: options
for connecting to the Net, and ways and means for doing so;
introduction to the global range of online resources available
(e-mail, information servers, library catalogs); techniques for
finding what you need; a look at what is coming in the near
future. Familiarity with basic computer skills such as word-
processing is expected, but it is assumed that applicants will be
individuals (eg antiquarian booksellers, independent scholars, or
librarians at institutions not yet supporting network usage) who
have no previous experience with electronic communications.
Instructor: David Seaman.
Monday 25 July - Friday 29 July
31 COLLECTING TRAVEL LITERATURE. Travel literature in research
library collections through consideration of the following
topics: travel literature as a genre; the development of travel
literature from ancient times to the end of the 19th century;
major themes in travel literature (commerce, religion, science,
adventure, journalism); travel literature as an approach to many
disciplines (anthropology, ecology, geography, geology, natural
history, oceanography, sociology); maps and illustrations;
bibliographies and major collections; philosophy of collecting
(originals, facsimiles, modern editions). Instructor: John
32 MUSIC AS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARTIFACT. An introduction to the most
common music printing processes--letterpress, engraving, and
lithography--and the music publishing practices that have
resulted from each. The primary evidence--originals and
reproductions, archival sources, and secondary scholarship--will
be evaluated and discussed. Instructor: D. W. Krummel.
33 BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO THE YEAR 1880 (Session II). For a
description of this course, see above, no. 24. The first session
of the course (18-22 July) is aimed particularly at those whose
background in print identification is weak. This session of the
course is aimed particularly at those who have some background in
print identification, but who would like further exposure to the
subject. Instructor: Terry Belanger.
34 INTRODUCTION TO RARE BOOK LIBRARIANSHIP (Session II). For a
description of this course, see above, under no. 25. The first
session of the course (18-22 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 formal training in the
field. Instructor: Daniel Traister.
35 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ADMINISTRATION.
Tactics special collections librarians may use for interpreting
needs and objectives to their library and university
administrations; assuring an active role for special collections
in the research and curricular programs of their institutions;
fundraising, including the most effective use of friends' groups;
coping with tight budgets; measuring the success of the
strategies selected. The design of the seminar will emphasize
group discussion. Participants will be expected to contribute
pertinent ideas, approaches and strategies based on their
experience. Instructors: Samuel A. Streit and Merrily E. Taylor.
36 ELECTRONIC FORMATS IN A RARE BOOKS ENVIRONMENT. Taking
advantage of Alderman Library's computer instruction facilities,
this course will provide practical training in the conversion of
printed records to electronic formats. The course's emphasis will
be on the character-based SGML texts, but it will also discuss
image formats and strategies for making resources available on
the Internet. Instructor: John Price-Wilkin.
Monday 1 August - Friday 5 August
41 AIMS AND METHODS OF CODICOLOGICAL RESEARCH. The archeology of
the book, especially of the 12th-15th centuries, including (1)
the study in depth of the single MS, particularly the links
between codicological features (structure, layout, script,
decoration, &c.) and text and illustration; and (2) the
statistical study of groups of MSS as a contribution to our
knowledge of medieval and Renaissance book production. Aimed at
researchers in the field of medieval studies, MS librarians, and
antiquarian booksellers. Applicants should have at least an
introductory knowledge of Latin and of paleography. Instructor:
42 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 recognition and
recording of materials and techniques. Instructor: Christopher
43 EUROPEAN BOOKBINDING, 1500-1800. How bookbinding in the post-
medieval period developed to meet the demands placed on it by the
growth of printing: techniques and materials 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 19th century;
the development of decoration; the dating of undecorated
bindings; the identification of national and local binding
styles. Instructor: Nicholas Pickwoad.
44 THE BOOK IN THE INDUSTRIAL ERA: 1820-1914. The physical
description of 19th-century American and English books. A major
part of the course will consist of small, supervised laboratory
sessions in which students will study various manufacturing and
publishing patterns. Restricted to those who have taken the RBS
course Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography, or those who
already have a good basic knowledge of bibliographical
description, including format and collation, of books produced
during the handpress period. Instructor: Michael Winship.
45 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 to cataloging both books from the
handpress period and 19th- and 20th-century 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; setting cataloging policy within an institutional
context. Instructor: Suzy Taraba.
46 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC TEXTS. An introductory exploration
of the range of research, preservation, and pedagogical tasks
that can be performed with electronic texts. Topics include:
finding and evaluating commercial and other e-texts; the creation
of e-texts through OCR scanning and other methods; introduction
to SGML tagging; introduction to text analysis tools; the
management and use of online texts and related network resources.
The course assumes familiarity with e-mail and basic computer
skills such as word-processing, but no previous experience with
electronic texts. Instructor: David Seaman.
Monday 8 August - Friday 12 August
51 INTRODUCTION TO LATIN PALEOGRAPHY. Introduction to early
scripts (Caroline, Gothic, Humanistic) and their abbreviations,
studied from a practical viewpoint. The principal aim of the
course is to teach students how to read and correctly transcribe
book scripts of varying degrees of difficulty covering the period
800-1500. The course will deal with Latin, English and French
texts. Students are expected to be proficient in Latin.
Instructor: Albert Derolez.
52 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 interrelationship.
Topics include: the Gothic hands; humanistic script; the
Renaissance inscriptional capital; Garamond and the spread of the
Aldine Roman; calligraphy from the chancery italic to the English
round hand; the neoclassical book and its typography; and early
commercial typography. Instructor: James Mosley.
53 PUBLISHING HISTORY, 1775-1850. Changes that occurred in the
publishing and related industries during the late 18th and the
earlier 19th centuries, especially in Great Britain, but with
frequent reference to the US. The transformation of
organizational structures (from bookseller to publisher, the
decline of the Stationers' Company, the rise of unionism); new
technologies (machine-made paper, the power press, edition
binding in cloth); the rise of a mass market (the growth of
periodicals and newspapers, changes in patterns of distribution).
Instructor: Michael Turner.
54 INTRODUCTION TO DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY. Introduction to the
physical examination and description of books, especially 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 presented with
a systematic discussion of the elements of physical description
(format, collation, signings, pagination, paper, type,
illustrations and other inserts, and binding). 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 RESEARCH LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT. This course is aimed at those
who have recently assumed (or who are about to assume)
development duties in research libraries. Topics include:
developing a solid foundation (a dependable annual fund); the big
gift (identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts);
corporate and foundation possibilities; politics (dealing with
the realities of institutional competition); matchmaking
(reconciling the interests of donors with the library's
documentary and technological requirements). Instructors: Lynda
Corey Claassen and Myrna Jackson.
WEEK ONE: Monday 11 July - Friday 15 July
11 THE DEVELOPMENT OF LITHOGRAPHY
12 PUBLISHERS' BOOKBINDINGS, 1830-1910
13 PRINTING DESIGN AND PUBLICATION
14 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS FRIENDS AND RELATIONS
15 THE ANTIQUARIAN BOOK TRADE: An Introduction for Rare Book
WEEK TWO: Monday 18 July - Friday 22 July
21 HISTORY OF THE PRINTED BOOK
22 EUROPEAN DECORATIVE BOOKBINDING
23 MANAGING THE PAST
24 BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO THE YEAR 1880 (Session I)
25 INTRODUCTION TO RARE BOOK LIBRARIANSHIP (Session I)
26 INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET
WEEK THREE: Monday 25 July - Friday 29 July
31 COLLECTING TRAVEL LITERATURE
32 MUSIC AS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARTIFACT
33 BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO THE YEAR 1880 (Session II)
34 INTRODUCTION TO RARE BOOK LIBRARIANSHIP (Session II)
35 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ADMINISTRATION
36 ELECTRONIC FORMATS IN A RARE BOOKS ENVIRONMENT
WEEK FOUR: Monday 1 August - Friday 5 August
41 AIMS AND METHODS OF CODICOLOGICAL RESEARCH
42 INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL AND EARLY RENAISSANCE BOOKBINDING
43 EUROPEAN BOOKBINDING, 1500-1800
44 THE BOOK IN THE INDUSTRIAL ERA: 1820-1914
45 RARE BOOK CATALOGING
46 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC TEXTS
WEEK FIVE: Monday 8 August - Friday 12 August
51 INTRODUCTION TO LATIN PALEOGRAPHY
52 TYPE, LETTERING, AND CALLIGRAPHY, 1450-1830
53 PUBLISHING HISTORY, 1775-1850
54 INTRODUCTION TO DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
55 RESEARCH LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT
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, writings
and exhibitions guide librarians and conservators to the
selective preservation of English and American bookbindings of
the 19th century.
NICOLAS BARKER is Libraries Adviser to the National Trust. He has
written many books on bibliographical subjects, among them
STANLEY MORISON (1972) and BIBLIOTHECA LINDESIANA (1977). He is
Editor of THE BOOK COLLECTOR.
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
President of the Bibliographical Society of America.
TERRY BELANGER founded RBS in 1983 at Columbia University, where
he had various positions in the School of Library Service. Since
1992, he has been University Professor and Honorary Curator of
Special Collections at the University of Virginia.
LYNDA COREY CLAASSEN is both Head of the Mandeville Department of
Special Collections and Library Development Officer at the
University of California, San Diego, where she has had oversight
for the creation and growth of a library development program in a
large public university.
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, he
also help develop rare book conservation at the Library of Congress.
ALBERT DEROLEZ is Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the
Library of the State University of Ghent and Professor at the
Free Universities of Brussels. He is a specialist in medieval and
Renaissance manuscripts. He is the author of CODICOLOGIE DES
MANUSCRITS EN E'CRITURE HUMANISTIQUE SUR PARCHEMIN (1984).
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. He has been connected with
RBS since 1986 and 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).
PETER HOWARD is the owner of Serendipity Books in Berkeley, CA.
He has recently completed a term as President of the Antiquarian
Booksellers Association of America.
MYRNA JACKSON is Director of Development for the Duke University
Libraries, before which she worked in arts and sciences develop-
ment at Duke.
D. W. KRUMMEL is Professor of Library Science and Music at the
University of Illinois at Urbana. His recent studies include The
LITERATURE OF MUSIC BIBLIOGRAPHY (1992) and the Norton/Grove
handbook, MUSIC PRINTING AND PUBLISHING (1990).
JAMES MOSLEY is Librarian of the St Bride Printing Library in
London, the largest library of its kind in the English-speaking
world. He has lectured widely in the United States on
typographical subjects. He was 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 exploration
and discovery, and on rare book librarianship.
NICHOLAS PICKWOAD recently became Conservator at the Harvard
University Library. He was formerly Adviser for Book Conservation
to the National Trust in the United Kingdom. This will be the
14th time he has taught this celebrated course in RBS.
JOHN PRICE-WILKIN is Systems Librarian for Information Services
at the University of Virginia, before which he was Data Services
Librarian at the University of Michigan, where he pioneered the
provision of campus-wide electronic access to literary and
ALICE SCHREYER is Curator of Special Collections at the
University of Chicago. She is the author of THE HISTORY OF BOOKS:
A GUIDE TO SELECTED RESOURCES IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS (1987).
>From 1988-93 she was Editor of RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS
LIBRARIANSHIP, a journal published by the Association of College
and Research Libraries (ACRL), and she is a past chair of the
ACRL's Rare Books & Manuscripts Section.
DAVID SEAMAN is Coordinator of the Electronic Text Center at the
Alderman Library, University of Virginia. He is the co-compiler
(with John Kidd) of THE ELECTRONIC JOYCE. He lectures frequently
on the use of electronic texts in the humanities.
SAMUEL A. STREIT is Associate University Librarian for Special
Collections at Brown University, where his duties have included
renovating the John Hay Library, developing public relations
strategies, and undertaking a major expansion of the Friends of
SUZY TARABA is Public Services Librarian in the Regenstein
Library's Department of Special Collections at the University of
Chicago, before which she was Head of the Rare Materials
Cataloging Unit, Perkins Library, Duke University.
MERRILY E. TAYLOR assumed her present post of University
Librarian at Brown University after working in libraries at Yale
and Columbia. Her duties have required extensive involvement with
planning, budgeting, public relations, building projects, and
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
MICHAEL TURNER is Head of Conservation at the Bodleian Library,
Oxford University, before which he was Head of Special
Collections at the Bodleian. He lectures frequently in the United
States. A former President of the Printing Historical Society, he
is Editor of PUBLISHING HISTORY.
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) and other important works on the
history of lithography.
PETER M. VanWINGEN is Specialist for the Book Arts in the Rare
Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress,
where he has been concerned with many aspects of the history of
the book. He is a past chair of the Rare Books & Manuscripts
Section of ACRL and former President of the American Printing
MICHAEL WINSHIP is Associate Professor of English at the
University of Texas at Austin. He is Editor of the recently-
completed 9-volume BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, and he is
a frequent lecturer on subjects dealing with American
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