Book History Workshop 2018

Monday 02 July 2018 to Thursday 05 July 2018

The next Lyon Book History Workshop will take place from Monday 2 July to Thursday 5 July 2018.
For the 15th edition of its Workshop, the Lyon-based Institut d’histoire du livre is offering the following courses in the field of book and printing history, in French :

Dominique Varry: Physical (analytical) bibliography: intermediate level

Claudio Galleri with Eléonore Litim: Vagabond images: history and techniques of European prints (15th-18th century)

Neil Harris with Ilaria Pastrolin: A hundred years after Charles-Moïse Briquet. How to study paper and watermarks today

The classes run simultaneously during 4 days at the Enssib LIS University, with practical sessions at the Lyon Public Library, the Lyon Printing Museum and other rare book repositories in Lyon.

The courses are aimed at a large variety of professionals from all around the world (librarians, curators, scholars, artisans, collectors, graphic designers, booksellers, doctoral students, etc.) who encounter questions related to the history of the book, printing and graphic communication in the course of their work or research. Each course is taught by a leading international expert in the field with emphasis on the study of original documents.

Each course consists of seminars and practical sessions, adding up to 24 hours of teaching time from Monday 2 July 9 am to Thursday 5 July 5:30 pm.

In order to facilitate access to collections and ‘hands-on’ study of original documents, each class is limited to 12 students.

Course fees (one course – 4 days):

Full price: 510 euros

Student price: 310 euros (required mandatory documents: a cover letter, CV and a copy of your university student card)

The course fees include the provision of study materials, a welcome cocktail on Monday evening and tea/coffee breaks. It does not include meals and accommodation.  

Information/registration: ihl[at]

Programme in PDF format available here


  The New SHARP Scholar Bursary

We are pleased to inform you that the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will be supporting this year’s Book History Workshop by allocating a grant to one of our students.

Beneficiaries of the Sharp bursary will receive full tuition to one of the courses of the 2018 Book History Workshop and a stipend to help cover costs of travel and lodging.

Conditions for application for the bursary:

Candidates are requested to send the workshop application form, their CV and a cover letter to ecoleihl[at]enssib[dot]fr by 31 March 2018.

The bursary is only open to current graduate students, post-docs, junior faculty and adjunct professors, and to those within 5 years of their last awarded degree in any discipline.

Recipients need to be members of SHARP (by the time they receive the funds) and agree to provide a brief report on their experience after completing the course.   

Preference will be given to applicants from outside France.



Physical (analytical) bibliography: intermediate level (2018)

The largely Anglo-Saxon discipline of analytical bibliography offers an archaeology of the printed book.

A hundred years after Charles-Moïse Briquet. How to study paper and watermarks today

A century has passed since the death of Charles-Moïse Briquet, and even more since the publication in 1907 of his great work, Les filigranes.

Vagabond images: history and techniques of European prints (15th-18th century)

The aim of this course is to increase awareness of the multiform world of the printed image and to provide the necessary keys to decipher it.