Rare Books – Syllabus 2017

Week 1 Jan 16-22 -Introduction
  • Course outline: readings and assignments.
  • Rare book terminology
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FYI

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Assignments
Week 2: Jan 23 – 29
  • So What are Rare Books & Special Collections?
  • Roles and Responsibilities of RB Librarian /Curator
  • Understanding how books are constructed
  • Creating Analytic Bibliographies
  • Understanding Formats and Imposition – part 1
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OPTIONAL:

  • Bowers, Fredson. “Bibliography and Modern Librarianship,” from Essays in Bibliography, Text, and Editing. Charlottesville: Published for the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia by the University Press of Virginia, 1975: 75-93. [e-reserve]

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Exercises
  • Examples of Title Page
  • Transcribe Your Title Page and the examples
Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Reflective Journal
  • RQ1
  • Proposal for exhibit of your author’s work; include significance of author, significance of the particular work, bibliographies and works about the author
  • (if you haven’t done so, provide full bibliographic citation and transcribe the title page and frontispiece if present. Post on your page at https://sites.google.com/a/kent.edu/rare-books-spring-2017/
Week 3: Jan 30-Feb 5
  • Fonts, typefaces, handwriting, manuscript hand
  • Writing media – paper, parchment, vellum, papyrus
  • Dealer catalogs
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OPTIONAL:

  • Knuth, Donald E. “Mathematical Typography.” Bulletin (new series) of the American Mathematical Society 1 No. 2 (1979): 337-372 [available through KENTLink]

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Exercises
Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Reflective Journal
  • Build bibliography of your author
  • RQ2
EXPLORE For those interested in type stores and printers’ supplies:

There are many other images and blog posts about typographers, printers, and engravers on Spatsfieldslife blog http://spitalfieldslife.com/

For Your Enjoyment
Week 4 Feb 6-12
  • Catalogs and cataloging for rare books and special collections
  • Understanding Formats and Imposition –as seen in catalog records
  • Analyzing Rare Book Catalog Records
  • Bibliographic Description continued
  • Public Relations for RB Librarians
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Exercises
  • Look at the entries in McEvilla. Identify three of the bibliographical sources referenced item 8. Can you find a digital copy using ESTC and other online bibliographies? How do the bibliographic, catalog, and MARC records differ? Does a library in the US hold this title?
  • Use of catalogs & MARC records
  • Locate NUC entries; ESTC, EAI or ECCO for your exhibit – add the information to your exhibit and bibliographic description.
  • What are they and how do researchers use them (in class exercises)
  • ESTC (at BL) http://estc.bl.uk
  • Biblioteca Valenciana Digital at http://bivaldi.gva.es/en/consulta/busqueda.cmd
  • Look in ESTC and EVANS. Locate French and English editions of: Brissot de Warville, J.-P. (Jacques-Pierre), 1754-1793. Nouveau voyage dans les États-Unis. (English title: New travels in the United States of America.) Dublin: printed by W. Corbet, for P. Byrne, A. Grueber, W. Mckenzie, J. Moore, W. Jones, R. M’allister, and J. Rice, MDCCXCII. – provide STC and EVANS numbers, provide URL for digital editions.
Cataloging Resources
  • Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (books) http://rbms.info/dcrm/
  • Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (serials) http://rbms.info/dcrm/
  • LC’s Cataloging and Acquisitions Home http://www.loc.gov/aba/  Under Descriptive Cataloging “View all,” look for Rare.
  • Standard Citation Forms for Rare Book Cataloging, (SCFRBC) is available in full from the Hathi Trust Digital Library
Assignments
For Your Enjoyment Houston, Keith Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks. NY: WW Norton & Co., 2013.
Week 5 Feb 13-19
  • Reference Tools – print & online
  • Contents, access points & Evaluation of resources
  • What are Researchers doing in Rare Book / Special Collections Rooms?
READ:

  • McMurtrie, Douglas C. “Locating the Printed Source Materials for United States History.” The Mississippi Valley Historical Review 31 no. 3 (Dec 1944): 369-406 [available through KentLink]
  • Traister, Daniel. “Public Services and Outreach in Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections.” Library Trends 52 no. 1 (Summer 2003): 87-108. [Available through KentLink]
  • Tanselle, G. Thomas. “Bibliographers and the Library” in Literature and Artifacts Charlottesville: The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1998 p24-40 [e-reserve]
  • Ray, Gordon N. “The Importance of Original Editions,” from Books as a Way of Life pp. 167-184. [e-reserve]
  • Allen, Greer. “The Design and Printing of Library Exhibition Catalogues.” RBML 5 no. 2 (Fall 1990):77-84 http://rbm.acrl.org/content/by/year
  • Morris, Jerry. “My Books about English Book Trade.” My Sentimental Library Blog (June 25, 2015): http://mysentimentallibrary.blogspot.com/2015/06/my-books-about-english-book-trade.html Look at the list of sources he used to compile this blog post and learn about the history of book trade.
  • Pettegree, Andrew. “Tabloid Values: On the Trail of Europe’s First News Hound.” Ch. 1 in Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World. Ed. By Richard Kirwan and Sophie Mullins (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015): 17-24 [e-reserve]
  • British Library. “White Gloves or Not White Gloves.” Medieval Manuscripts Blog (Aug 19, 2011): http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2011/08/white-gloves-or-not-white-gloves.htm
  • Baker, Cathleen A. and Randy Silverman. “Misperceptions about White Gloves.” International Preservation News No. 37 (Dec 2005): 4-16 http://www.ifla.org/publications/international-preservation-news
  • Schafer, Joseph. Sep. 1926. Treasures in Print and Script. The Wisconsin Magazine of History. Vol. 10, No. 1. pp. 95-100. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4630644 [requires VPN]

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Exercises Locate different editions of your title in the university catalog, on WorldCat http://www.worldcat.org and FirstSearch (through KSU Libraries using your VPN)

  • Compare the database search features
  • How are the advanced search features different?
  • What else can you find that will enhance your exhibit?

Look at reference databases EEBO, ECCO, ISTC (all available through KentLink or freely accessible on the web.)

  • Locate your title if it is old enough.
  • Which editions are described here?
  • Need some books to look up, try these terms: Gutenberg, Galileo, Newton, Bible, Chaucer, Dante
Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Reflective Journal
  • RQ5
Week 6 Feb 20 – 26 Reference Tools – part 2
READ:

  • Howsam, Leslie. “Disciplinary Boundaries.” In Old Books and New Histories: An Orientation to Studies in Book and Print Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006, p3-15 plus notes. [e-reserve]
  • Darnton, Robert. “What is the History of Books?” Daedalus 111 No. 3 (Summer 1982): 65-83 [available through KentLink and JSTOR]
  • Barlow, William P. Jr “Book Catalogues,” in Collectible Books: Some New Paths ed. by Jean Peters (R R Bowker 1979) 177-197[e-reserve]
  • Blouin, Francis X Jr. “Thoughts on Special Collections and Our Research Communities.” RBM 11 No. 1 (Spring 2010): 23-31. http://rbm.acrl.org/content/by/year
  • Tanselle, G. Thomas “A Brief History of the English Short-Title Catalogue in North America” in The English short-title catalogue: past, present, future. ed. by Henry L. Snyder and Michael S. Smith New York: AMS Press, c2003. [e-reserve]
  • Smith, Michael S. “Doing Research with the ESTC: A Ph.D. Student’s Perspective” in The English short-title catalogue: past, present, future ed. by Henry L. Snyder and Michael S. Smith New York: AMS Press, c2003. [e-reserve]
  • “Little Girl Reading.” The Conveyor (Bodleian Library Blog) (June 27, 2015): http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/theconveyor/2015/06/27/a-little-girl-reading/
  • Krummel, Donald W. “Early American Imprint Bibliography and Its Stories: An Introductory Course in Bibliographical Civics.” Libraries & Culture 40 No 3 (Summer 2005): 239-250. [available through KENTLink]
  • Wisecup, Kelly. “Travel to New Worlds: Reconceptualizing Research and Early America with Early American Imprints. The Readex Report 8 Issue 2 (April 2013) http://www.readex.com/readex-report/travel-new-worlds-reconceptualizing-research-and-early-america-early-american-imprints
    • NOTE: We don’t have access to the database, but we do have access to the digitized series through KENTLink. See exercise immediately below
Exercises Look at Early American Imprints volumes.

  • How do they work through this vendor as opposed to the Readex database?
  • Think about how you would provide reference assistance or training to your researcher.
  • Does your title show up in this work? If so, which editions did you find.
Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Reflective Journal
  • RQ6
  • Reference Tool Evaluation and Recommendations
 
Week 7 Feb 27 – March 5
  • Manuscripts & Textual Transmission
  • Facsimiles – what are they and how do researchers use them
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Exercises Visual and textual comparison of various digital facsimile. Comments and marginalia in manuscripts (more on manicules)

Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Reflective Journal
  • RQ7
For Your Enjoyment
Week 8 Mar 6-12
  • From Scroll to Codex
  • Manuscript to Printing Press
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OPTIONAL:

  • Horn, Walter and Ernest Born. “The Medieval Monastery as a Setting for the Production of Manuscripts.” The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery   44 (1986): 16-47 (available through Kentlink)

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Assignments
Resources for Paper and Watermarks
Websites for this week
 For Your Enjoyment  Basbanes, Nicholas A., a Self-Confessed Bibliophiliac. On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Week 9 Mar 13-19
  • Incunabula 1450-1500 – Co-existence of mss and print
  • Early printed book
  • Early printers
  • Preservation, longevity, care & handling
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For your review
Exercise

EXPLORE:

Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Reflective Journal
  • RQ9
For Your Enjoyment
Week 10 Mar 20-26
  • Printing as Agent of Change 1600-1800
  • Spread of the Printed Book
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  • Chappell Chapters 6
  • Nichols, S.G. and Smith, A “The Evidence at Hand: Report of the task force on the Artifact in Library Collections” Pub 103 Washington, D.C.: CLIR Nov 2001 available at http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/reports.html
  • Darnton, Robert. “Blogging Then and Now” New York Review of Books Blog (March 18, 2012) http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2010/mar/18/blogging-now-and-then/
  • Eliot, Simon. “Half the Cost of a Book.” OUP Blog (Jan 30, 2015): http://blog.oup.com/2015/01/paper-cost-printed-book-publishing/
  • Hamilton, Alastair. “Eastern Churches and Western Scholarship.” In Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library & Renaissance Culture ed. By Anthony Grafton (Wash, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1993): 225-250 [e-reserves]
  • Trettien, Whitney Anne. “A Deep History of Electronic Textuality: The Case of English Reprints Jhon Milton Areopagitica.Digital Humanities Quarterly 7 no. 1 (2013): http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/7/1/000150/000150.html
  • Yeager, Nicky. “Hidden Books!” motoscribendi blog (Aug 20, 2015): http://motoscribendi.com/ Books and manuals about handwriting and calligraphy.
  • Penn, Dorothy. “The Oldest American Book.” Hispania 22 No. 3 (Oct 1939)” 303-306 [available through KentLink]
  • Swyler, Erika. “The Press’s Widow: Elizabeth Glover.” In Colonial Comics: New England 1620-1750. Ed. By Jason Rodriguez (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 2014): 64-75, 193-194 [e-reserve]
  • Ingersoll, Ernest. “Our Earliest Printing Press.” Art & Life 11 No 3 (Sept 1919): 147-150 [available thru KentLink]
  • Gordon, Douglas H. “The Book-Collecting Ishams and their Book-Loving Virginia and Massachusetts Cousins.” Harvard Library Bulletin XVIII No. 3 (July 1970): 282-297 [avail thru KentLink]

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  • Eisenstein, Elizabeth. Divine Art, Infernal Machine: The Reception of Printing in the West (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) [1:14 hours] http://youtu.be/pjCtnM050dQ and an interview about the book [47 min.] at http://library-cafe.org/
  • Darton, Robert. “The Case for Books” with an in-depth examination of the book from its earliest beginnings to its shifting role today in popular culture, commerce and the academy – focuses on “Blogging now and then”. http://youtu.be/E10hbZXHHm4
Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Reflective Journal
  • Facsimile assignment due
 Resources
For your enjoyment
 SPRING BREAK  MARCH 27 – APRIL 2
Week 11 April 3-9
  • Printing and Printing Methods
  • Engraving
  • Etching
  • Printing text & illustrations separately
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YouTube videos about printing:

Resources
Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Reflective Journal
  • RQ10
For your enjoyment
Week 12 April 10-16
  • Mechanization of the Book 1800-1950
  • Collection Development, Rare vs. Special Collections
  • Rise of the Catalog
  • Review: Donor Relations, Development & Fundraising, deeds of gift, acquisition & appraisal;
  • Faculty as collectors and donors
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OPTIONAL

  • Kertesz, C. “The Unwanted Gift: When Saying No Thanks Isn’t Enough” American Libraries 32 no 3 (March 2001): 34-37 [available through KentLink]
Resources
Assignments
FYI
  • Acocella, Joan. “Turning the Page: How Women Became Readers.” New Yorker 88 Issue 32 (Oct. 15, 2012): 88-93 [Available through KentLink]
  • Peter Harrington Book Dealer “Charles Dickens: The Publishing Formats of his First Editions” (Adam Douglas, Senior Specialist in Early Literature at Peter Harrington talks about the different publishing formats of Charles Dickens’ first editions) http://vimeo.com/61101986
Week 13 April 17-23
  • Modern Printers and Modern Facsimiles 1950-2000 and beyond
  • Modern manuscripts & collections
  • The Profession and Copyright
  • Brittle Books Dilemma
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Resources for Copyright
Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Reflective Journal
  • Work on Exhibit and your oral presentation (due next week)
For Your Enjoyment Garfield, Simon. To The Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing. NY: Gotham Books, 2013.
Week 14 April 24-30
  • Bibliophilic Societies and Rare Book Organizations
  • Continuing Education
  • Digital world & Special Collections
  • Ethics, Responsibilities & Censorship
  • Special users
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REVIEW:

Assignments
For Your Enjoyment
Week 15 May 1-7
  • Non-Print / Non Books
  • Maps, Prints & Objects
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Assignments
Week 16 May 8-12
  • Exhibits – Creating the Tangible & Virtual
  • Electronic Texts – Digitization, Editing, and Commentary
ALL ASSIGNMENTS FOR THIS WEEK DUE FRIDAY May 12 READ:

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Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Reflective Journal
  • Final Paper –  Diary of Study of a Book and Exhibition due FRIDAY May 12

 

 

 

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