book arts courses at Rare Book School
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RARE BOOK SCHOOL is pleased to announce its Winter and Spring 2003
Sessions, a collection of five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning
rare books, manuscripts, the history of books and printing, and special
collections to be held at the University of Virginia.
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Rare Book School expanded course descriptions, providing additional details
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Subscribers to the list may find the following Rare Book School courses to
be of particular interest:
12. EUROPEAN BOOKBINDING, 1500-1800. (MONDAY-FRIDAY, JANUARY 6-10). How
bookbinding in the postmedieval 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 (for example,
pamphlets and publishers' bindings); the emergence of structures usually
associated with volume production in the c19; the dating of undecorated
bindings; the identification of national and local binding styles.
Instructor: Nicholas Pickwoad.
NICHOLAS PICKWOAD is a book conservator in private practice. From 1992 to
1995, he was Conservator at the Harvard University Library, before which he
was advisor to the [British] National Trust for conservation. He has taught
this course at Rare Book School many times since 1987.
21. MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE BOOKBINDING STRUCTURES. (MONDAY-FRIDAY, MARCH
3-7). An explanation of the diversities of European bookbinding
structures, up to and including the early period of more generalized
practice and division of labor. Topics: identification (where possible) of
the main types of binding structures; their dating and provenance; the
recognition and recording of materials and techniques. Instructor:
CHRISTOPHER CLARKSON has held conservation positions at the Bodleian
Library, the Walters Art Gallery, and the Library of Congress. An
internationally renowned consultant on the care of medieval manuscripts and
bindings, he is now in independent practice in Oxford. He has taught this
course at Rare Book School many times since 1984.