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RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its Spring and Summer
Sessiona 2003, a collection of five-day, non-credit courses on topics
concerning rare books, manuscripts, the history of books and printing, and
special collections to be held at the University of Virginia.
FOR AN APPLICATION FORM and electronic copies of the complete brochure and
the RBS Expanded Course Descriptions (ECDs), providing additional details
about the courses offered and other information about RBS, visit our Web
Subscribers to the list may find the following Rare Book School courses to
be of particular interest:
52. TYPE, LETTERING, AND CALLIGRAPHY, 1450-1830. (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 14-18
JULY). The development of the major formal and informal book hands, the
dominant printing types of each period, and their interrelationship. Topics
include: the Gothic hands; humanistic script; the Renaissance inscriptional
capital; Garamond and the spread of the Aldine Roman; calligraphy from the
chancery italic to the English round hand; the neo-classical book and its
typography; and early commercial typography. The course presupposes a
general knowledge of Western history and some awareness of the continuity
of the Latin script but no special knowledge of typographical history.
Instructor: James Mosley.
JAMES MOSLEY is Visiting Professor in the Department of Typography &
Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. He retired as Librarian
of the St Bride Printing Library in London in 1999. The founding editor of
the Journal of the Printing Historical Society, he has written and lectured
extensively on the history of European and English typography. In 2003 he
received the annual award of the American Printing History Association for
his contributions to printing history.
63. INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF TYPOGRAPHY. (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 28 JULY - 1
AUGUST). A survey of European and American typographic history from 1450 to
the present, but concentrating on the period 1480-1950. Topics will
include: the development of Roman and italic; from Old Style to
Transitional to Modern (Italian, French, Dutch, and English developments);
display types; the coming of machine composition and the historic revivals;
typeface nomenclature; and techniques for dating pre-1885 hand-set
typefaces and for naming post-1885 machine-set typefaces. In laboratory
sessions, students will have a chance to set type by hand, proof, and
print. Instructor: Stanley Nelson.
STANLEY NELSON has been a specialist for many years in the Graphic Arts
Collection of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
Institution, and he has given many demonstrations and lectured widely on
various aspects of typographic history. He is both author and presenter in
the 1985 Book Arts Press videotape, From Punch to Printing Type: The Art
and Craft of Hand Punchcutting and Typecasting.