Summer School in hand-press printing, history and practice

27 June 2016 2.00pm 1 July 2016 6.30pm


Claire Bolton and Richard Lawrence


A week-long course in printing history and practical printing for researchers, librarians, and others who work with books from the hand-press period. Covering technical aspects of book production in the hand-press period, the course includes an examination of specimens from Bodleian collections.

Sessions take place in the Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, and at the Bodleian Bibliographical Press, Old Bodleian Library.

Paul Nash: The history of type-founding
Richard Lawrence: Type-setting and page design
Andrew Honey: Paper for books
Claire Bolton: Learning from errors in early printed books
Martin Andrews: Printing methods for book illustrations

Practical printing sessions will include: typesetting; ornament; relief illustration and engraving; imposition; cancels, stitching 

Reading list: Participants may be interested in the list of recommended reading as a background to the course.


Book online via the University of Oxford Online Store.

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