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University of Otago
University of Otago
Central Library
Dunedin
NZ$1000
books@otago.ac.nz
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What do we mean when we designate a book as “rare”? Ever since shortly after the invention of printing, and the consequent unprecedented numbers of books, people have had to make choices about what to keep. This course will examine how ideas of rarity have changed over the last five hundred years, why some books are especially valued, and how chance plays a major part in the survival of the materials from which so much of our memory is created.

Students will examine books from the entire history of European print, following trends in various countries as well as larger changes over time.

All classes offer a list of advance readings that students are expected to complete prior to beginning the class. Tuition for the week is NZ$ 1000 (c. AUS$ 940; US$ 685; £ 470; € 600). Applications close 1 November 2016.