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    RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its Spring and Summer Sessions 2004, a collection of five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning rare
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 17, 2004
      RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its Spring and Summer 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:

      55. TYPE, LETTERING, AND CALLIGRAPHY, 1830-1940 (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 5-9 JULY). An examination of typefaces and related letterforms. Topics include: commercial typography and the evolution of decorative display types: Perrin, Whittingham, and the revival of old style typefaces; the types of the private presses; art nouveau; the artist and printmaker as letter designer; Edward Johnston and broad-pen calligraphy; type design for machine production; the American Typefounders Company, Mergenthaler Linotype, Monotype (in the USA and England); new types in Germany and France. This course continues the themes developed in T-50. Instructor: James Mosley.

      JAMES MOSLEY is Visiting Professor in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. He retired as Librarian of the St Bride Printing Library in London in 1999. The founding editor of the Journal of the Printing Historical Society, he has written and lectured extensively on the history of European and English typography. In 2003 he received the annual award of the American Printing History Association for his contributions to printing history. He first taught this course at Rare Book School in 1990. It reenters the Rare Book School curriculum in 2004 after an absence of many years.

      53. INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF TYPOGRAPHY. (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 5-9 JULY). 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.

      Rare Book School
      114 Alderman Library
      PO Box 400103
      Charlottesville, VA 22904-4103
      Phone: 434-924-8851
      Fax: 434-924-8824
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