HISTORY OF PRINTING AND PUBLISHING
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Examination of topics involving hand-copied codices and the first printed books. From oral to written; birth of printing, description of old books.
Course contents summary
Structure, birth and history of the book during the 15th to 18th centuries.
Following a discussion of the Gutenberg revolution and techniques in bookmaking over the centuries, documents regarding the success and failure, through involvement of the censor, in published works will be presented.
History of the printed book and connection with hand-copied manuscripts. Gutenberg printing techniques.
Students must know the general outline of the structure of printed books and the techniques of describing and cataloging old books (15th – 18th centuries).
Independent reading of materials distributed and photocopied handouts during the course of the lectures.
- L. BALDACCHINI, Il libro antico, Roma Carocci, 2005
- W. CHAPPELL - R. BRINGHURST, Breve storia della parola stampata, Milano, Sylvestre Bonnard, 2004, pp. 3-138.
Practical sessions are planned with visits to old book archives and book
Classroom lectures and exercises plus weekly tutorials.
The exam consists of an oral exam on various topics covered in the course syllabus.