The History of the Book Lectures provide a forum for recent scholarship on the production and use of books as objects within medieval and early modern culture, encompassing a wide variety of academic disciplines and theoretical approaches. At each session, the speaker presents a paper on one aspect of the history of the book, followed by questions and discussion.
All sessions are free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required.
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This lecture will focus upon the preparation, use, and reuse of woodblocks in the production of printed images of plants within two traditions of early modern herbals, each supporting distinct agendas within changing economies of curiosity.
Aldus Pius Manutius, who died February 6, 1515, started his renowned press in Venice in 1494. This symposium will commemorate the 500th anniversary of Aldus’ death with a re-exploration of the many typographic and publishing innovations of the press.
Speaker information and paper titles will be added later.