Skip to main content

HIST 4239 Early Printed Books and Their Readers (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

In this course we will learn by both studying and making books. The course's topic is the revolution in ideas, culture, and technology spurred by Johan Gutenberg's invention of the printing press (c. 1450). We will read about printing, and study books from the Burns collections published before 1800. Finally, we will work with Barbara Adams Hebard in the book conservation lab, learning about paper, leather, and vellum, and making our own pamphlets and books to display in the lobby of O'Neill Library. Everyone will write a research paper and blog post.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Virginia Reinburg

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II.

Cross listed with:


Last Updated: 24-Jun-17