Registration has opened for the thirteenth annual Book History Workshop at Texas A&M University, scheduled for May 18-23, 2014. Taking place in Cushing Memorial Library, the Workshop provides an intensive, hands-on introduction to the history of books and printing. Applicants who apply early (before February 15) and are accepted into the program will receive a $100 tuition discount.
This five-day workshop allows participants to create a complete facsimile of an eighteenth-century pamphlet by setting, correcting, and imposing type on an English common press, then printing the book in three octavo formes. The Workshop’s projects extend to other handpress-era technologies, including typecasting, papermaking, bookbinding, and illustration. Together, these projects provide a unique opportunity for book historians, literary scholars, and other students to experience a complement of practices used to create books from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.
The Workshop acts as an introduction to book history, providing participants the rare opportunity to learn principles of analytical bibliography through discussion sessions and hands-on engagement: students will cast type in a hand mould, couche sheets of paper, and cut relief illustrations. The activities of the week are incorporated into the finished project, the pamphlet bound in wrappers of handmade paper, featuring printers’ devices cut by each member of the Workshop.
The Workshop has traditionally attracted scholars, librarians, archivists, students, teachers, and collectors, as well as those pursuing personal interests in book history. Three graduate credit hours are available to students through the Workshop’s partnership with the Department of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas.
To register, find out more, request a printed brochure, or see photographs from previous Workshops, please go to: <http://cushing.library.tamu.edu/events/book-history-workshop>, or contact Todd Samuelson at todd.samuelson <at> tamu <dot> edu