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Institute of English Studies, University of London
Senate House
£ 550
Course Director: Professor Simon Eliot

In 2011, the University of London will run the London Rare Books School (LRBS), a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects. The courses will be taught by internationally renowned scholars associated with the Institute's Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, using the resources of the British Library, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the University of London Research Library Services, and many more. All courses will stress the materiality of the book so you can expect to have close encounters with remarkable books and other artefacts from some of the world's greatest collections.


1. The Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian Book, c.600-1050

2. An Introduction to Illustration and its Technologies

3. Modern First Editions: Dealing, Collecting and the Market

4. Modern Literary Manuscripts

5. Reading, Writing, and Sending Texts 1400-1919

6. The History and Practice of Hand Press Printing 1450-1830

There will be timetabled ‘library time’ to explore the rich resources of the University’s Senate House Library, one of the UK’s major research libraries. The evening programme includes a book history lecture and receptions hosted by major London antiquarian booksellers.