various book history items

Rare Book School:

With one possible exception, the roster of courses offered by Rare Book School in 2005 on our Web site is now complete.

Regional SHARP in India:

SHARP Regional Conference IV : “New Word Order: Emerging Histories of the Book” January 30, 31, February 1 2006 at Jadavpur University, Kolkata Organized by Centre for Advanced Studies in English AND School for Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University . More details here.

2005 Book History at A&M Workshop:

The fourth annual Book History at A&M Workshop will take place May
22-27, 2005, in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives at Texas A&M
University. This five-day workshop provides an intensive, hands-on
introduction to the history of books and printing with an emphasis on
hand press era printing and its allied technologies–typecasting,
papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and ink-making. Students will
have the opportunity to cast type in a hand mould, set lines of type,
impose formes, make paper, produce relief and intaglio illustrations and
print on a replica common press. The workshop is intended for
librarians, archivists, students, teachers, book collectors and private
individuals who work in areas related to or who have an interest in the
subject. The workshop also includes a series of evening lectures by
scholars active in the field of book history. To register, find out
more, or see photographs from previous workshops, go to:

AAS Summer Seminar in the History of the Book:

The American Antiquarian Society is pleased to announce plans for the 2005 Summer Seminar in the History of the Book to be held in Worcester, Mass. June 12 to June 17, 2005.

Michael Warner, Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers University, and Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania will co-lead the seminar. James N. Green, Librarian at the Library Company of Philadelphia, will be guest faculty.

The seminar is entitled “Publishing God: Printing, Preaching, and Reading in Eighteenth-Century America.” It will focus on the eighteenth-century colonies to track the interplay between religious cultures and the circulation of print.

Please consult our website for the description of the seminar, biographical information about the faculty, application instructions, the seminar fee, and other details:

The priority deadline for applications is Thursday, March 10, 2005.

The seminar will follow the first of a series of conferences sponsored by the Program in the History of the Book at the American Antiquarian Society. For more information about “Histories of Print, Manuscript, and Performance in America”, to be held June 10 to June 12, 2005, go to

2005 Conference, American Printing History Association:

The American Printing History Association is pleased to announce that its
2005 annual conference, hosted by Mills College, will take place in the
San Francisco Bay Area on September 22nd & 23rd, 2005. Save the date! The
conference, titled [r]Evolution in Print: New Work in Printing History &
Practice, will combine academic papers with hands-on workshops and
demonstrations that focus on the history, current status, and future of
Watch for the Call for Papers & Workshops in early January.
Topics of interest include the current letterpress revival; the history of
typography and graphic design; printing along the Pacific Rim; histories
of comics, zines, graphic novels and street literature; contemporary
commercial print technologies; the end of ink on paper; radical printing
and the counterculture; and of course any new work in printing history.
Workshop possibilities include alternative printing methods on the
Vandercook, contemporary handpress use, techniques for photopolymer,
digital applications for use with paper and cuts, traditional tooling for
bookbinding, and other traditional and experimental studio techniques.
The conference will include optional weekend activities, along
with opportunities to connect with the unique constellation of places and
people that constitute print culture in the Bay Area. September is an
ideal time to take advantage of the glorious late summer weather and
active cultural calendar of San Francisco and environs. Please plan to
join us at this exciting event!
If you have questions prior to the Call for Papers, please contact
Janice Braun, Conference Chair, at or 510-430-2047.

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  1. History of the Book opportunities

    In my holiday haze, I neglected to mention that George has linked a number of History of the Book events that are scheduled for this summer….

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