History of the Book

Four-week course, beginning -
History of the Book

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From papyrus fragments to early printed books

Course dates: Wednesdays 18, 25 October and 1, 8 November

Times: 14.00 – 16.00 

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The book, in its broadest sense, has been the primary means of organising, distributing and preserving information and ideas for the last 5,000 years. Trace this remarkable story on our four-week course, and encounter rare examples from our collections. From papyrus fragments to parchment volumes and printed books, we’ll consider the materials on and with which books were made, and how they were organised and used. We’ll explore books within different economic and social contexts – and how in turn, books have helped to shape and change the cultures that produced them. We won’t just look at ‘great’ books, but also consider those which ordinary people used in their daily lives. 

Our first three sessions will introduce three key eras of book culture, and include a curator-led tour of the Library's Treasures Gallery where we'll view and discuss some of the spectacular books on display. Our course then culminates in an extraordinary opportunity to encounter manuscripts and rare books close-up, in a special collection viewing with our curators.

This course is led by Professor Simon Eliot (School of Advanced Studies, University of London) with contributions from Dr Peter Toth (Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, British Library) and Dr Karen Limper-Herz (Lead Curator of Incunabula and 16th-Century Printed Books, British Library).


Name: History of the Book
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £220.00
Member: £187.00
Senior 60+: £193.00
Student: £187.00
Registered Unemployed: £187.00
Friend of the British Library: £187.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546