About the Book History Workshop

The sixteenth annual Book History Workshop at Texas A&M University will take place 21-26 May 2017, at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. This five-day workshop, limited to 20 students, provides an intensive, hands-on introduction to the history of books and printing. The workshop is intended for librarians, archivists, students, teachers, collectors, and private individuals who have an interest in the first three and a half centuries of the printed book. The course consists of a unique combination of labs and seminars designed to provide students with practical experience, as well as a broad historical survey of the field.

The lab sessions will concentrate on printing in the hand press era and its allied technologies: typecasting, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and ink-making. During these sessions, students will have the opportunity to cast type in a hand mould. They will also set type, prepare it for the press, and print on a period-accurate common press. The seminar sessions will provide a thematic survey of book and printing history, with the collections of Cushing Memorial Library providing examples of some of the most significant artifacts and books in the history of recorded culture. These objects include Mesopotamian clay tablets and medieval manuscripts before focusing on developments in the hand press era.

The workshop begins with a dinner and reception at 4:30 p.m. Sunday evening. Workshop sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. each day and, minus breaks and lunch, end at 5:00 p.m., with the exception of Friday, which wraps up at noon with a wayzgoose - the annual party traditionally thrown by the master printer for his journeymen and apprentices.

On Monday evening, there is also an evening lecture, which will begin at 7:00pm and is free and open to the public. 

Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
ATTN: Kevin M. O’Sullivan
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-5000
Phone: 979-845-1951
Fax: 979-845-1441
E-Mail: kmosullivan@library.tamu.edu

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