Monday, December 04, 2006

Texas A & M Book History Workshop

Registration for the sixth annual Book History at A&M Workshop, May 20-25, 2007, is now open. Taking place 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. The combination of labs with seminars will provide students with practical experience as well as a broad historical survey of the field. 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 typically attracts librarians, archivists, students, teachers, book collectors and private individuals who work in areas related to or who have an interest in book history. Past workshops have also featured a series of evening lectures by scholars active in the field of book history.