St John's House
University of St Andrews
69-71 South St.
Questions of survival and loss bedevil the study of early printed books. Many early publications are not particularly rare, but others are very scarce, and many have disappeared altogether. A large number of books survived in only one copy. Others are only known through references in contemporary documents, but cannot be identified in surviving book collections.
The St. Andrews Book Conference from 19th to 21st June 2014 focuses on the question how far this corpus of lost books can be reconstructed from contemporary documentation, and how this emerging perception of the actual production of the early book trade – rather than those books that are known from modern library collections – should impact on our understanding of the industry and contemporary reading practice.
Click here for the conference program.