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Summer School History of the Book: Introduction to the Archaeology of the Book – 2-6 September 2024

The Summer School History of the Book of the Allard Pierson (Amsterdam, UvA) introduces a new course in English: Introduction to the Archaeology of the Book, taught by Prof. Malcolm Walsby, that will take place in Amsterdam on 2-6 September 2024.

This 5-day course will offer in-depth methods and insights to study the materiality of early modern books: vital information about the production of an edition, as well as details specific to a copy that was customised for and by its owner. Thanks to this knowledge, the participants will be better equipped to describe a book correctly but also to understand its production and circulation contexts, as well as the different stages of its life, from the workshop that produced it and its first buyers, to its current situation on the shelves of a library.

It is especially suitable for PhD-students and early career researchers who already have basic knowledge in book history and material bibliography, as well as for curators who work with rare books and wish to further deepen their knowledge of materiality and book archaeology.

The instructor will be Malcolm Walsby, professor of book history at the French National Library and Information Science School, Enssib, in Lyon (FR).

A full description of the course, the programme and practical information are available on this page.