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Rare Book School
Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, Maryland
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"15th-Century Books in Print and Manuscript” will be taught by Paul Needham (Scheide Librarian, Princeton University) and William Noel (Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, Walters Art Museum). The course will take place between January 10-14, 2011 at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. It is one of the gems of Rare Book School's course offerings, and it is not offered during the School's summer sessions in Charlottesville. The class operates on the premise that the use of a wide variety of evidence–paper, parchment, type, script, rubrication and illumination, bindings, ownership marks, and annotations–can shed light both on questions of analytical bibliography and on wider questions of book distribution, provenance, and use. There will be a fairly detailed discussion and analysis of both good and bad features in existing reference works on manuscripts and early printing. The class is intended to serve as a general introduction to bibliographical analysis. Its examples and methods are primarily derived from 15th century manuscripts and printed books at the Walters Art Museum.