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Baskerville in France - Conference announcement and call for papers

L’École supérieure d’art et de design d’Amiens (ESAD) and the Centre for Printing History & Culture (CPHC) have jointly announced 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 conference welcomes papers that consider the impact of Baskerville in France from the eighteenth century to the present day. Papers may consider the technical, aesthetic, literary, political or philosophical influences of Baskerville on France and France on Baskerville.

Papers of twenty minutes duration are invited from established scholars, students, independent researchers and practitioners. All papers will be delivered in English. The deadline for submission is 31 January 2018. Further details of the conference and how to submit a proposal are available on the CPHC website.

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
London
EC4M 7DD

www.stationers.org

Printing for the workplace: industrial and business publishing

In conjunction with Print Networks, the Centre for Printing History & Culture has announced a conference entitled ‘Printing for the workplace: industrial and business publishing’, to be held at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales on Thursday 12 July 2018. A Call for Papers has been issued.

The conference will attempt to shed new light on the relationship between regional printers and the businesses they serve. For the purposes of this conference ‘industrial and business publishing’ is defined as the production and issuing of commercial literature that not only utilizes traditional publishing skills but also makes supervisory demands of firms for which publishing is not a primary business activity. Papers are invited that consider the development of the association between industry and publishing from its earliest days through to the end of the twentieth century.

The deadline for proposals is 30 January 2018. Further information is available on the CPHC website.

Script, print and letterforms in global contexts: the visual and the material

The Centre for Printing History & Culture has announced a conference entitled ‘Script, print and letterforms in global contexts: the visual and the material’, to be held at Birmingham City University on 28–29 June 2018. A Call for Papers has been issued.

The conference will explore the plurality of engagements with, and interpretations of the printed and written word in various writing systems and artefacts; whether handwritten, lithographed, typographically printed, or digitally conjured. Papers are invited from both scholars and practitioners in the fields of history, book history, printing history, type design, typographic history and design, print, manuscript and material culture.

The deadline for proposals is 15 November 2017. Further information is available on the CPHC website.

The Brothers Dalziel and The Camden Press: a talk at St Bride, 7 pm on 24 November 2017

Douglas Downing’s talk at the St Bride Institute, London, entitled Pictures in the Fire, or: Great Uncle George Dalziel, discovering a long lost family history is a culmination of eleven years of research into the history of the Brothers Dalziel, their family background in Northumbria in the early 19th Century and their highly successful engraving workshop, The Camden Press, active for over sixty years.

For further details and to book tickets online, visit the event page on the St Bride website.

ECR Training Day: Using historical matrices and printing surfaces in research

The Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has announced a training day for early career researchers (ECRs) entitled ‘Using historical matrices and printing surfaces in research’, to be held at the Senate House, London, on 1 December 2017. The training day will be convened by Dr Elizabeth Savage of the Institute of English Studies, and facilitated by Giles Bergel (Oxford) and Roger Gaskell (Roger Gaskell Rare Books).

This free, hands-on, object-based training day will introduce 10 ECRs to the research of historical matrices/printing surfaces (e.g. cut woodblocks, etched metal plates, litho stones). The emphasis is pre-1830. By analysing the objects and resulting impressions, participants will learn how to describe them; identify how they were made, used and copied; relate them to printed content; and use them as primary material in their own research. The interdisciplinary remit includes text and image, as well as decorations, initials, medicine, music, mathematical symbols, scientific imagery, and more. This event is the first application of a new research framework, which will later be published open access. Participants will learn new research skills and, through their feedback, help shape the future of research in fields related to print heritage.

Registration is free, lunch and a wine reception are provided, and transport is reimbursable up to £50. Participants must be current PhD students or have taken their PhD fewer than 10 years ago (i.e., in or after 2007). Apply online (deadline 1 September 2017) at tinyurl.com/ECRmatrices.

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.