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* 1 "the event"
>Book History Workshop 2014 - Lyon, France
>Monday 23 June 2014 to Thursday 26 June 2014
> The Institut d'histoire du livre brings together two major rare book and printing collections and three teaching and research establishments closely involved in the history of printing and the book: the Bibliothèque Municipal de Lyon, and the Musée de l'Imprimerie, whose rich collections bear witness to the important role which the city has played in the world of books and printing since the 15th century; the École nationale supérieure des sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques (ENSSIB), which is responsible for the training of library curators in France; the École normale supérieure de Lyon whose researchers are particularly active in the fields of philosophy, linguistics and literature; and the École nationale des chartes which trains future archivists and curators of historical collections.
> The interdisciplinary environment provided by the Institut d'histoire du livre is intended to encourage research, not only in book history, but also in the various connected fields involved in the study of written and graphic communications such as the history of technology, economic history, art history, sociology, anthropology, linguistics and information science.
> For the 11th edition of its Book History Workshop, the Lyon-based Institut d'histoire du livre is offering 4 advanced courses in the fields of book and printing history, taught by Rosamond McKitterick, James Mosley, Dominique Varry and François Vinourd.
> Course fees : 500 euros for one course (4 days), lunch meals included.
> Information/registration : email@example.com
> This course will explore the major developments in book production from late antiquity to the Carolingian period in their cultural and historical context. One theme will be the question of continuities in their cultural and historical context. One theme will be the question of continuities in book production from the Roman period. Another will be the new developments in script, codicology and decoration. A third theme is the creation of new types of books to accommodate changes in education and intellectual culture and the consolidation of Christianity in Western Europe. The fourth major topic will be the preservation and transmission of knowledge and the creation of libraries from antiquity and the early Christian era to the Carolingian period, with special reference to the contribution Lyon and its scholars (Leidrad, Florus Agobard) made to the phenomenon known as the Carolingian Renaissance.
> The classes will be conducted with the aid of the original early medieval manuscripts in the exceptionally important collections of Lyon itself. This study will also be supported by digital images and facsimiles to illustrate each class. There will be two full afternoon sessions in the Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon. The Lyon manuscripts provide a rare opportunity to explore the development of knowledge and cultural and intellectual interests in early medieval Lyon, not least the autograph manuscripts of the scholars of Carolingian Lyon.
> Rosamond McKitterick is Professor of Medieval History in the University of Cambridge, Fellow and Vice-Master of Sidney Sussex College, and has published on literacy, manuscript transmission, perceptions of the past, historical writing and political culture in the early Middle Ages. Her current interests are the migration of ideas and transmission of knowledge in the early Middle Ages, the implications and impact of the historical and legal texts produced during the 6th and 7th centuries in Rome and Rome's transformation into a Christian city.
> She received the degrees of M.A., Ph.D., and Litt.D. from the University of Cambridge and studied Palæography in Munich. She has held the Chair in Medieval History in the University of Cambridge since 1999, after having been awarded a Personal Chair in 1997. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce, a Korrespondierendes Mitglied of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica and of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. She has taught summer schools and master classes in Palæography and Codicology in Amsterdam, Leiden, Glasgow, Rome, London and Cambridge. She was awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken International Prize for History by the Royal Dutch Academy in 2010.
> Some knowledge of printing type is essential in describing printed materials, and it can be of vital importance in assigning a reliable date and a place to documents in which these details are either absent or misleading. The object of this course is to trace the development of letterforms from the period of the invention of printing until its mechanization in the early 19th century.
> It will concentrate on the development of the design of printing types, and it will look at the relationship between letters used in other media (writing, sculpture and architecture), and explore the cultural, technical and economic factors that have had an influence on their development.
> The course offers a broad historical overview under the following headings: gothic hands, gothic types, the revival of "antique" capitals in Italy, the humanistic script and early roman and italic types, the "Aldine" roman type in 16th-century France, the "Dutch taste" (goût hollandois) in the 17th century, the "chancery cursive" hand (cancellaresca corsiva) and the calligraphic revolution of the later 16th to 18th centuries, new types of the 18th century in France, Britain and Italy, and the commercial types of the first decades of the 19th century.
> There will also be sessions in which original artefacts and documents will be examined. The collections of the Bibliothèque Municipal de Lyon, and the Musée de l'Imprimerie, provide original documents for study.
> Course in English with the possibility of discussion in both English and French.
> James Mosley is a professor in the Department of Typography & Graphic communication at the University of Reading (UK). He was was for many years librarian of the St. Bride Library in London. As a student he worked at the Water Lane Press in Cambridge, the bibliographical workshop of Philip Gaskell, and he had brief practical experience at a type foundry in London. He has written and lectured extensively on the history of European and English typography. He curated the exhibition Le romain du roi: la typographie au service de l'état at the Musée de l'Imprimerie in 2002 and contributed to its catalogue. He added an introduction and notes to the facsimile edition of Fournier le jeune, Manuel typographique (1764) and of its English translation by Harry Carter that was published in 1995. His study of the revival of the sans-serif letter, The Nymph and the Grot (1999) was published to accompany an exhibition at the Soane Museum, London.
> His personal blog, with the title Typefoundry: documents for the history of type and letterforms (http://typefoundry.blogspot.co.uk/) comprises a series of essays on these topics.
> The largely Anglo-Saxon discipline of analytical bibliography offers an archaeology of the printed book. The course offers a practical introduction to the analysis and description of documents typeset by hand and printed on the common press before 1800. The aim is to familiarise students, already trained in physical bibliography, with the many ways in which books reveal how they were produced, who printed them, and where.
> Physical bibliography is an indispensable tool for scholarly editors of rare books, for historians who need to check the validity of printed sources, and for librarians and collectors requiring a full understanding of the books in their collections. It provides the means of reconstituting the genealogy of successive editions of a given text, of identifying forgeries and pirate editions published under false imprints in order to circumvent the censors, and of identifying "manipulations" by unscrupulous booksellers, and fakes which have been put on the market at various times.
> Topics include: the importance of comparing different copies of the same book (variants, press corrections, manuscript or xylographic corrections, cancels, reprintings); the detection of counterfeit copies, false imprints and forgeries; the identification of typical booking styles (common bindings and provenances).
> The course is in French.
> Dominique Varry is agrégé d'histoire and professor of book history, library history and physical bibliography at ENSSIB (Lyon) where he trains French librarians. Between 1983 and 1989, he was researcher at the Direction du livre et de la lecture (Ministry of Culture). From 2004 to 2009 he taught physical bibliography at the École pratique des hautes études (Paris). His doctoral dissertation (Sorbonne 1986) dealt with confiscated libraries under the French Revolution. He was the editor of volume 3 of Histoire des bibliothèques françaises (1991, second edition 2009) and has published many other books. He is the secretary of the journal "Histoire et civilisation du livre" and is currently working on the history of printing and of the book-trade in Lyon in the 18th century, and especially on false foreign imprints used by Lyon printers.
> The objective of the course is to present the rich diversity of oriental bindings: coptic, ethiopian, syriac, islamic, byzantine and armenian -- by examining the techniques and materials used in their construction. They are distinguished by modes of fabrication which go back to the origins of book-binding, in the case of the Copts to some of the oldest examples from the 3rd and 4th centuries. We will compare them, on a historical basis and analyzing their mode of fabrication, and we will consider the various influences they have had. We also will consider islamic bindings, which are so significant in this geographic area but for which the fabrication differs on numerous points from that of other oriental bindings.
> The identification of the binding of a manuscript is important for its selection was not a matter of chance but an indication of a cultural phenomenon. In fact manuscripts are complicated arrangements, for which the exterior element -- the binding -- may be related to the content itself, or, at least with certain significant cultural currents stemming from the tradition of texts. The fact that a manuscript is conserved in a syriac or byzantine or other binding is not insignificant, and its description can provide much useful information to an historian.
> The goal of the course is to present a typology of oriental bindings... to better define the particularities of these bindings: materials, techniques and decors which will permit us to distinguish among them... at the heart of each of these typologies, the details of fabrication, of which we will see examples, representing the approaches of different workshops... In this examination we will assemble the bindings in groups and thus better-appreciate their geographic, historical, and social origins. These classes devoted to bindings will permit participants to try-out these methods, using these tools.
> Practical exercises in description will be undertaken, as will the presentation of different methods for describing them; these will be accompanied by photographic techniques, and the use of the latest analytical tools. Demonstrations on models of seams and headbands will aid the understanding of the steps taken in fabrication.
> Following his studies at l'École du Louvre and l'Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs, François Vinourd took charge of the section-restauration at the Centre de Conservation du livre at Arles, for nearly 25 years. On multiple missions he worked regularly abroad, in large libraries in Greece (Athos, Patmos...), Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, the Balkans, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt. In collaboration with Christian Förstel and Dominique Grosdidier, he worked on the catalog of byzantine bindings of the BnF, as well as that of syriac bindings of the bibliothèque patriarcale of l'Eglise syro-catholique at Charfet, in Lebanon, with the librarian Youssef Dergham.
> [For the above in french -- http://ihl.enssib.fr/en/node/99249]
* 2) "the ejournal"
> Le canard électronique du Musée de l'imprimerie -- (7 jan)
> Excellente année 2014 à tous !
> Toute l'équipe du Musée de l'imprimerie vous présente ses meilleurs vœux pour cette nouvelle année et se mettra « en 14 » pour que votre venue au Musée de l'imprimerie vous laisse un agréable souvenir et l'envie de revenir.
> Au second semestre, nous fêterons notre cinquantenaire ! Des évènements et une exposition en perspective...
> Eduard Ovčáček, la lettre mise en œuvre
> Florence Jaillet, docteur en histoire de l'art, spécialiste de la période contemporaine, commissaire de l'exposition consacrée jusqu'au 16 mars 2014 à Eduard Ovčáček, vous invite à sa conférence sur ce grand artiste.
> Ce sera l'occasion d'aborder l'œuvre d'Eduard Ovčáček, d'évoquer la richesse des techniques utilisées et l'incidence du contexte politique sur son travail, avant la chute du régime communiste.
> Lundi 13 janvier 2014 à 18h15, Archives municipales de Lyon (entrée libre)
> 1 place des Archives, 69002 Lyon.
> Devenez détenteur d'un feuillet de la Bible à 42 lignes de Gutenberg imprimé en fac-similé au moyen de caractères mobiles en plomb et rubriqué à la main
> La « Bible à 42 lignes » est le premier livre imprimé avec des caractères mobiles en Europe.
> Tirée entre 150 et 180 exemplaires, elle a occupé l'atelier de Gutenberg et ses associés Fust et Schöffer pendant 3 ans. La Bible de Gutenberg est une œuvre colossale de plus de trois millions de signes.
> Vous pouvez acquérir l'exceptionnelle réimpression en fac-similé de ce feuillet recto/verso de la Bible de Gutenberg, composé, imprimé dans l'atelier typographique du Musée et rubriqué à la main.
> Le Musée se transforme
> Le Cinquantenaire du Musée de l'imprimerie est marqué par la rénovation de sa muséographie et par une nouvelle présentation de sa collection permanente. Le premier étage du Musée est donc en pleine transformation, les autres étages suivront. Ces réamènagements ne seront pas sans incidence sur le parcours de nos visiteurs, qui verront certains espaces indisponibles. Nous les remercions de leur compréhension.
> Merci les Amis !
> L'Association des Amis du Musée de l'imprimerie nous a encore montré son efficacité pendant toute l'année 2013. Aide à l'organisation d'évènements, aux acquisitions, à la numérisation de documents, à la traduction, des Amis comme cela, on en veut bien tous les jours !
> À propos, savez-vous que les Amis du Musée ont été reconnus d'intérêt général ? Cela signifie pour vous une déduction fiscale importante, soit 66% du montant des sommes versées dans la limite de 20% du revenu imposable du donateur « particulier » et 60% dans la limite de 5 % du chiffre d'affaires de l'entreprise. Aider une association dédiée au plus important musée de l'imprimerie français, cela aussi c'est un acte citoyen.
> Les amis du Musée de l'imprimerie
> 13, rue de la Poulaillerie, 69002 Lyon
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