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Ligatus Summer School - Professor N. Pickwoad: The History of European Bookbinding 1450-1830

decoration26 Aug. 2013|30 Aug. 2013

The 8th Ligatus Summer School, following the success of the courses in Volos, Patmos, Thessaloniki, Wolfenbüttel, Venice, and Paris is to be held this year at Uppsala University in Sweden. Founded in 1477 the university is the oldest of its kind in Sweden. Its collections of early printed books are made up of donations, ‘war booty’ (from the conquests of Gustavus Adolphus in the Thirty Years’ War and including the greater part of Copernicus' own library), purchases and a large collection of Swedish editions, which is particularly comprehensive because of the system of legal deposits that was introduced at the end of the seventeenth century.

The library holds a copy of Sweden's oldest printed book, 'Dyalogus Creaturarum Moralizatus', printed in Stockholm in 1483, as well as the first book published in the Swedish language, 'Aff Dyäffwlsens Frästilse' ("On the temptations of the devil"), printed in 1495. There is also a notable collection of school textbooks from the seventeenth century up to the present day.

Printed books and manuscripts from the library will be shown in both weeks of the 8th Ligatus Summer School. Additional visits to the libraries of Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel in Skokloster Castle and Charles de Geer at Leufstabruk are planned for the first week.


26 Aug. 2013|30 Aug. 2013
Ligatus Summer School
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