Courses and Research

Courses in study of the book and book arts

Summer School 2018: The Scientific Image

 Maria Sybilla Merian, Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium


Bodleian printing presses & courses for students and the public

Visit the Bibliographical Press webpage [link] for information about classes, workshop sessions, and courses for the public. Contact: bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk 

 Red ink in the printing workshop

Research projects

15th century booktrade
The project is using material evidence from thousands of surviving books, as well as unique documentary evidence - the unpublished ledger of a Venetian bookseller in the 1480s - to address four fundamental questions about the introduction of printing in the West: 1. Distribution, Use, and Reading Practices 2. The contemporary market value of books 3. The transmission and dissemination of the texts they contain 4. The circulation and re-use of illustrations

The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné
Directed by Professor Larry Schaaf, the William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné is a detailed inventory of the complete photographic works of British photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. The Bodleian Libraries hold the personal archive of Talbot and have supported this project which will go live in 2017.

Image matching for the study of printed illustration
The University of Oxford Department of Engineering has collaborated with a Bodleian Libraries / English Faculty project to use computing to better catalogue and discover printed illustrations in the Bodleian's collections of 17th-century broadside ballads. See the poster created by Joon Son Chung, describing his project that uses the technology to create an inventory of images.

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