Other events and announcements

Dregs, dross and debris: the art of transient print

The Centre for Printing History and Culture in conjunction with Print Networks and Liverpool John Moores University is organising a conference entitled Dregs, dross and debris: the art of transient print, to be held on 9–10 July 2019 at Liverpool John Moores University.

The conference will provide an opportunity to take a fresh look at printed material too often regarded as trash. Papers are invited on topics such as those listed below, the emphasis throughout being on the production, distribution and consumption of such items. Papers should consider any of the following aspects of the book trades in the British Isles: technology, typography and design; the people, printers, publishers and distribution networks involved; pricing and sales; buyers and readers. Contributions on all periods of print from early modern to the present are welcome.

Proposals for papers (20-30 minutes), panels (1 hour) or presentations on aspects of the following or related topics are welcome: magazines; cheap novels; comic prints and cartoons; sketches and scraps; song sheets and ballads; almanacs; advertisements and flyers; manufacturers’ free booklets; political pamphlets; chapbooks; other ephemera.

A postgraduate fellowship, covering the cost of attending the conference and assistance towards travel within the UK, is offered to a student whose research falls within the parameters of the conference brief, and who wishes to present a paper at the conference. Abstracts should be accompanied by a summary of the research being undertaken and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor.

Abstracts (c. 300 words) should be accompanied by a brief biography. All proposals for papers and applications for the postgraduate fellowship should be submitted by 31 January 2019 and sent to: david.osbaldestin@bcu.ac.uk. For further information visit the event page on the CPHC website.

Baskerville in France - Conference reminder

L’École supérieure d’art et de design d’Amiens (ESAD) and the Centre for Printing History & Culture (CPHC) have organised a conference entitled ‘Baskerville in France’, to be held in Amiens on 18 & 19 October 2018. The conference aims to review and reassess the relationship between Baskerville—the man and the typeface—and France and the French.

During his lifetime, Baskerville—a prophet without honour in his own land—allied himself with France both through print and politics. His books were purchased, read and collected by an admiring French public; his magnificent Orlando Furioso, printed in 1773, carried the work of the Paris-based Molini brothers and their French artists. The French State was appreciative of Baskerville’s work and wished to purchase his typographic material, and he enjoyed the hospitality of the King. Aptly known as ‘Birmingham’s little Voltaire’, Baskerville was an admirer and correspondent of the French author with whom he shared political, religious and freethinking values.

The announced speaker programme includes: Patrick Goossens, Barry McKay, Aurélie Martin, Albert Corbeto, Marc H. Smith, James Mosley, Quentin Schmerber, Jérôme Knebusch, Thomas Huot-Marchand, Charles Mazé, Rosalie Wagner, Malcolm Dick, Caroline Archer.

Further details of the conference are available on the CPHC website.

Footnotes magazine

The Swiss digital typefoundry La Police is publishing an occasional magazine Footnotes, containing articles about type design history as well as the current preoccupations of type designers. Two issues have been published to date: the first issue (Issue A) was published in July 2016, and the second issue (Issue B) was published in October 2017. The magazine contains several articles that are likely to be of interest to type design historians, including two articles on the Haas typefoundry by Brigitte Schuster.

Stationers Company opens new Archive facility

The official opening of the Stationers’ Company’s new archive room and reading room took place on 10 November 2017, improving access to its archive, both for members of the Company and the general public. Thanks to the generosity of Liverymen Duncan Spence and Amy McKee, and additional funds from the Company, the new facility is called the Tokefield Centre in commemoration of the then Clerk, George Tokefield, who in 1666 transported the Company’s records in a wheelbarrow out beyond the reach of the Great Fire of London thus saving them.

Liveryman Sarah Mahurter, Manager, University Archives and Special Collections Centre at University of the Arts London, undertook the project management to relocate the historic Archive from an inaccessible upstairs room to the oldest book warehouse building in London, which forms one end of the Company’s garden.

Ruth Frendo, the Stationers’ Company archivist, said “The Stationers’ Archive is already known as a key resource to historians of the book trade. However, it also holds a wealth of records whose potential is yet to be explored. As custodians of the records we have inherited through the care and dedication of our forebears, we have a serious responsibility to maintain these documents for future exploration. Through the development of this purpose-built storage facility, and a reading room which will provide unprecedented access to its Archive, the Stationers’ Company is demonstrating that it is whole-heartedly embracing this responsibility.”

William Alden, Clerk to the Company said “Widening access to Stationers’ Hall for educational purposes is a critical objective of the Stationers’ Company. The opening of the Tokefield Centre marks the completion of the first phase of a broader Hall development programme, which we hope to complete by 2023, the 350th anniversary of the building of the Hall.”

For further information please contact: William Alden on clerk@stationers.org or on 020 7246 0980
The Stationers’ Company,
Stationers’ Hall
Ave Maria Lane


The History of Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press have announced the publication, in three volumes, of The History of Oxford University Press, spanning the period from its beginnings in the fifteenth century until 1970. Written by almost fifty contributors, experts in their fields of history, publishing and printing, the three volumes draw exclusively on material in the archives of Oxford University Press and the University of Oxford.

The three volumes are:

  • Volume I: Beginnings to 1780 – Edited by Ian Gadd
    (ISBN: 978-0-19-955731-8)
  • Volume II: 1780–1896 – Edited by Simon Eliot
    (ISBN: 978-0-19-954315-1)
  • Volume III: 1896–1970 – Edited by Wm. Roger Louis
    (ISBN: 978-0-19-956840-6)

The three volumes may be purchased either singly for £100 each or as a set for £250 (ISBN: 978-0-19-870279-5). Members of the Printing Historical Society may take advantage of a 20 percent discount on the advertised prices. For details please contact the Hon. Secretary.

For further information see the publication website.