The 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America has ended
Saturday, March 9 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Workshop V - Early Printed Books for Medievalists

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Early Printed Books for Medievalists
Organizer: Megan Cook, Colby College

Many medievalists, especially those working in textual or manuscript studies, will have occasion
to refer to early printed books at some point in their scholarship, either as witnesses to
manuscripts that are no longer extant, or as important documents in their own right. This session,
designed for medievalists with little to no experience with the study of printed books, will offer
participants a hands-on introduction to books from the first two centuries of European printing,
using books held by the Kislak Center for Special Collections at Van Pelt Library. Topics
covered will include: the mechanics of the common press, the development and use of
typography (including printing in non-Roman scripts such as Hebrew and Greek), cost and
sources of materials, and common book formats and their structure. We will also touch on the
concept of the edition, the size of print runs, and an overview of the spread of printing in Europe
and the early modern book trade. We will consider the hybridity of manuscript and print and the
persistence of manuscript culture in early modern Europe, as well as illustration processes (relief,
intaglio, and manuscript) used in printed books of the period. We will also discuss major
bibliographies and other reference sources such as the English Short Title Catalogue and
Universal Short Title Catalogue, and conventions for identifying and citing early printed books
in scholarship. Participants will leave with the ability to identify, describe, and cite early books
relevant to their scholarship.


Megan Cook

Colby College

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm EST
Vitale II Media Center (Room 623), Van Pelt Library

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