INSTG012 Historical Bibliography

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Aims to provide an understanding of the book as physical object, with an emphasis on published and unpublished material produced pre-1850. Lectures and reading cover the history of the book while practical sessions cover bibliographic description, including title page facsimile and an overview of DCRM(B).

By the end of the course, students will have an overview of the history of the book and the materials that make it up (paper, vellum, bindings, ilustrations, print, etc.), some practical exerience of bibliographic description, and knowledge of the major techniques for research, including provenance research, copy census and reader analysis.

In practical sessions, students work with materials from UCL Special Collections, UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies and UCL Art Museum. Sessions are led by a team including Fred Bearman (Preservation Librarian), Andrea Fredericksen (Art Museum Curator), Genny Grim (SSEES Cataloguer) and Anne Welsh (Lecturer in LIS and Module Coordinator). We usually visit St Bride's Printing Library during the module and an optional summer visit is usually arranged. Past visits have included the Oxford Bibliography Room and the Tate Library.

A flyer (pdf), intended to be gatefolded, designed for the Rare Books and Special Collections Group Conference 2012, can be downloaded from Anne's blog.

A video overview of UCL Special Collections, including vox pops from several 2009 Historical Bibliography students is available on the library website.


Assessment: Assessment by coursework only
Optional for: MA LIS, MA ARM. This module is also available for short course students
Taught by: Anne Welsh
Further information for students currently taking this module

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