Book history workshop 2013

Monday 24 June 2013 to Thursday 27 June 2013

The Institut d’histoire du livre brings together two major rare book and printing collections and three teaching and research establishments closely involved in the history of printing and the book: Lyon City library and Printing museum whose rich collections bear witness to the important role which the city has played in the world of books and printing since the 15th century; the École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques (Enssib), which is responsible for the training of library curators in France; the École normale supérieure de Lyon whose researchers are particularly active in the fields of philosophy, linguistics and literature; and the École nationale des chartes which trains future archivists and curators of historical collections. The interdisciplinary environment provided by the Institut d’histoire du livre is intended to encourage research, not only in book history, but also in the various connected fields involved in the study of written and graphic communications such as the history of technology, economic history, art history, sociology, anthropology, linguistics and information science.

For the 10th edition of its Book History Workshop, the Lyon-based Institut d’histoire du livre is offering 4 advanced courses in the fields of book and printing history, taught by Marianne Besseyre, Kristian Jensen, Anne Mœglin-Delcroix (with Françoise Lonardoni) and Nicholas Pickwoad.

Fee: 450 euros for one course (4 days)
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An abridged history of occidental illuminated manuscripts through exploration of the collections in Lyon

This course will examine the illustrated book production in Francia Occidentalis (6th-9th centuries), and then in the Kingdom of France until the 16th century.

Introduction to the study of incunabula (in English)

The course will examine how to interpret the explicit statements contained in the books themselves about the circumstances of their production. In the absence of contemporary descriptions, however, the incunabula themselves provide the most important body evidence for how they were produced.