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    RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its Winter and Early Spring Sessions 2004, a collection of five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning rare
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2003
      RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its Winter and Early Spring
      Sessions 2004, 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.

      FOR AN APPLICATION FORM and electronic copies of the complete brochure and
      the RBS Expanded Course Descriptions, providing additional details about
      the courses offered and other information about RBS, visit our Web site at:


      Subscribers to the list may find the following Rare Book School courses to
      be of particular interest:

      JANUARY). A bookbinding has two main functions. It protects its text block
      against wear and tear, and, by its structure, it makes a book out of a heap
      of otherwise separate leaves or quires. Through the ages, the covers,
      spine, fore-edge and other parts of the book have been decorated in almost
      every conceivable manner, technique, and material, thereby turning the
      binding into a work of decorative art. This introductory course, which will
      discuss the principal techniques and materials used in the West over
      binding's long history, is intended for those who wish to develop a better
      understanding of the history of the field; it is not a practical binding
      course. It is aimed at historians, special collections personnel,
      collectors, dealers, conservators and bookbinders, and others with an
      interest in the binding and its history. Instructor: Jan Storm van Leeuwen.

      JAN STORM VAN LEEUWEN is Keeper of the Binding Collection at the Dutch
      Royal Library in The Hague. He has published widely in Dutch, English,
      French, and German on the history of bookbinding. He gives courses in the
      history of bookbinding at the Amsterdam Restoration School and at the
      Plantin Society in Antwerp. He is honorary member of the International
      Association of Bibliophiles and the Amis de la Reliure d'Art.

      JANUARY). The identification of illustration processes and techniques,
      including (but not only) woodcut, etching, engraving, stipple, aquatint,
      mezzotint, lithography, wood engraving, steel engraving, process line and
      halftone relief, collotype, photogravure, and color printing. The course
      will be taught almost entirely from the extensive Rare Book School 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.

      TERRY BELANGER, founding director of Rare Book School, is University
      Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of

      JANUARY). A survey of European and American typographic history from 1450
      to the present, but concentrating on the period 1480-1950. Topics will
      include: the development of Roman and italic; from Old Style to
      Transitional to Modern (Italian, French, Dutch, and English developments);
      display types; the coming of machine composition and the historic revivals;
      typeface nomenclature; and techniques for dating pre-1885 hand-set
      typefaces and for naming post-1885 machine-set typefaces. In laboratory
      sessions, students will have a chance to set type by hand, proof, and
      print. Instructor: Stanley Nelson.

      STANLEY NELSON has been a specialist for many years in the Graphic Arts
      Collection of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
      Institution, and he has given many demonstrations and lectured widely on
      various aspects of typographic history. He is both author and presenter in
      the 1985 Book Arts Press videotape, From Punch to Printing Type: The Art
      and Craft of Hand Punchcutting and Typecasting.
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