Saturday, December 6, 2008


The London Rare Books School (LRBS) is a series of five-day,
intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects to be taught
in and around Senate House, which is the centre of the University of
London's federal system.

The courses will be taught by internationally renowned scholars
associated with the Institute's Centre for Manuscript and Print
Studies, using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London,
including the British Library, the British Museum, the Victoria and
Albert Museum, the University of London Research Library Services,
and many more. All courses will stress the materiality of the book so
you can expect to have close encounters with remarkable books and
other artefacts from some of the world's greatest collections. Each
class will be restricted to a maximum of twelve students in order to
ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunity to talk to the
teachers and to get very close to the books.

In 2009, the LRBS will run for two weeks: 20 July to 24 July and 27
July to 31 July. The courses planned are:

Week One: 20 - 24 July

1. The Book in the Ancient World

Course Lecturers: Dr Irving Finkel, Dr Matthew Nicholls, Dr Marigold
Norbye and Alan Cole, Curator of the Museum of Writing.

2. The Medieval Book

Course Tutor: Professor Michelle Brown.

3. The Printed Book in Europe 1450-2000

Course Tutor: Professor John Feather.

4. A History of Maps and Mapping

Course Tutors: Dr Catherine Delano-Smith and Sarah Tyacke.

5. An Introduction to Bibliography

Course Tutor: Professor Tony Edwards.

6. Children's Books

Course Tutor: Jill Shefrin.

Week Two: 27 - 31 July

1. Type and its Uses 1455-1830

Course tutor: Professor James Mosley

2. A History of Bookbinding

Course tutor: Professor Nicholas Pickwoad

3. Modern First Editions

Course tutor: Laurence Worms

4. Maps and Mapping in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries:
Society, Nation, Empire, War.

Course tutors: Dr Catherine Delano-Smith and Sarah Tyacke.

5. The Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian Book, c.600-1050 Course tutor:
Professor Michelle Brown

6. Publishing Today

Course Tutor: Professor Iain Stevenson

Each course will consist of thirteen seminars amounting in all to
twenty hours of teaching time spread between Monday afternoon and
Friday afternoon. There will be timetabled 'library time' that will
allow students to explore the rich resources of the University's
Senate House Library, one of the UK's major research libraries. There
will also be a full evening programme with an opening reception and
talk, a book history lecture, and receptions hosted by major London
antiquarian booksellers.

Postgraduate credit is available for these courses at the Institute,
which is one of the ten member-Institutes of the University of
London's School of Advanced Study. In order to achieve the award of
credit a student will have to complete and pass a 5,000 word essay
within two months of the course (an extra fee to cover marking and
other costs will be charged).

The fee will be in the region of £500 which will include the
provision of lunch, and coffee and tea throughout the week. It is
likely that a small number of bursaries will be available, details
will be provided later.

A range of different sorts of accommodation will be available
including cheap student housing (on a bed and breakfast basis) close
by Senate House; Senate House is next to the British Museum in the
heart of Bloomsbury.

Application forms will be available by early January but you are
invited to register your interest in a course or courses now (given
the likely demand you would be well-advised to list a second choice).
Those who register now will be the first to receive application
forms. You can register your interest in LRBS 2009 by emailing your
name and address (with an indication of preferred courses) to:

Further details can be found at

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