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Institut d’histoire du livre
Institut d’histoire du livre
With practical sessions in the Lyon Public Library, Lyon Printing Museum and Departmental Archives
Lyon
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500 €
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For the 12th edition of its Book History Workshop, the Lyon-based Institut d’histoire du livre is offering 3 advanced courses in the fields of book and printing history, taught by Neil Harris, François Vinourd and Claudio Galleri with Eléonore Litim.

This course provides a basic introduction to the techniques of Western hand paper-making and to how paper is exploited as bibliographical evidence in the study of manuscripts and printed books. It begins with the historical background of the advent of paper-making in the Middle Ages (when in Italy the technology was developed by contact with the wool industry) and continues through to the Nineteenth century and the introduction of mechanised paper-making with the Fourdrinier process. Extensive reference will be made to Eighteenth-century published texts and copper-plate illustrations in French, in particular L'Art de faire le papier by Lalande (1761) and the entry "Papeterie" in the Encyclopedie of Diderot and D'Alembert (1765), in order to explain the organisation of the paper mill and work done at the vat. It will analyse in detail basic sheet-size ratios, formats, mould construction, the purposes of twin moulds, and the design and typologies of watermarks.

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