Summer school: the history of printed book illustration

26 June 2017 30 June 2017


Schola Musicae, Old Bodleian Library (Map)


Alexandra Franklin e-mail: | tel: 01865 277160


Convened by Dr Elizabeth Savage (School of Advanced Study, University of London)


Early illustrated books; methods of printing; the description of illustrations in modern catalogues; early illustrated books in the West; methods of printing; the role of colour; scientific and medical imagery; maps; children’s books; broadsides; ornament; devotional images; workshop and trade structures; the influence of book illustrations on art and architecture; illustrations as propaganda; and art historical, book historical and literary approaches to book illustration.

The course consists of 15 hours of taught seminars plus 10 hours of practical printing & printing demonstrations at the Bodleian's Bibliographical Press under the instruction of Richard Lawrence. The course will include examination of materials from the Bodleian Libraries Rare Books collections.

Guest speakers include Roger Gaskell, on the illustration of science books.

This course is taught in the Weston Library and in the Bodleian's Bibliographical Press workshop in the Old Bodleian Library. The course runs 10am-5pm each day.


This course is now fully booked.

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