Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Printing in England: The First 25 Years
A One-Day Conference at the British Library (Dec. 11, 2006)

The British Library announces the forthcoming publication (by Hes & De Graaf Publishers of the Netherlands) of the latest volume, describing output of the first English printing-houses, in a series of catalogues of the Library's incunabula that began in 1908.

On Monday 11 December 2006, the British Library will hold a conference to celebrate the new catalogue, which has been edited and compiled by Lotte Hellinga with contributions from Paul Needham, Margaret Nickson and John Goldfinch. It contains full descriptions of the Library's collection of English incunabula and includes an extensive Introduction describing in detail the arrival of printing in England and its early development, with sections on the printers, their technique, the texts and their readers, typography, paper, early owners and the development of the Library's collection. The conference will aim to define the ways in which the new catalogue can be used as a starting block for new explorations in the history of printing in England.

More information, including draft schedule, here