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Book History Workshop

decoration24 June 2013|27 June 2013
In its 10th edition the Book History Workshop, organized by Institut d’histoire du livre, offers three courses in the fields of book and printing history, taught by Kristian Jensen, Anne Mœglin-Delcroix with Françoise Lonardoni and Nicholas Pickwoad. (The fourth course by Marianne Besseyre has been cancelled.)


Introduction to the study of incunabula - Kristian Jensen (in English)

The course will examine how to interpret the explicit statements contained in the books themselves about the circumstances of their production. By presenting the most important catalogues of incunabula in the historical context of their creation, the course emphasises their intended aims, as well as their strengths and weaknesses for specific current research purposes. Special attention will be paid to illustration, lay-out and texts.
Inexpensive European bindings with limp covers of paper and parchment from the 1470s to the 1830s - Nicholas Pickwoad (in English)

The history of bookbinding is not simply the history of a decorative art, but that of a craft answering a commercial need. This course will look at the many different ways in which European bookbinders from the end of the Middle Ages to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution strove to produce ever cheaper bindings for the booktrade.

The artist’s book or how the book can change art (and not the inverse) - Anne Mœglin-Delcroix, in collaboration with Françoise Lonardoni (in French)

A certain confusion reigns today in the loose usage of the term “artist’s book”. Too liberally applied to any work where an artist has been involved, it fails to recognise the specificity of a radically new genre of books, born in the early 1960’s, in declared opposition to the traditional “illustrated book” and the “livre de peintre” for bibliophiles.


24 June 2013|27 June 2013
IHL Institut d’histoire du livre
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