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London Rare Books Summer School 2012, Week 1: Children's Books, 1470-1980 - Jill Shefrin

decoration25 Jun. 2012|29 Jun. 2012
A thorough introduction to the history of the children's book and children's book publishing in the British Isles, with additional material on influences from Europe and North America. This course is intended to be of practical utility to librarians and archivists having responsibility for collections of children's books (and allied material), as well as academics, researchers, collectors, booksellers and others needing a comprehensive professional grounding in the subject. Commencing from the introduction of printing into the British Isles , the course will offer a complete conspectus, including analysis of current trends in children's book collecting and children's book studies. The course will be taught by Jill Shefrin, for many years a librarian with the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, currently serving as Editorial Consultant to the Grolier Club's forthcoming 100 Famous Children's Books Exhibit (2014-2015).

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The London Rare Books School (LRBS) is a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects to be taught in and around Senate House, which is the centre of the University of London's federal system. The courses will be taught by internationally renowned scholars associated with the Institute's Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London, including the British Library, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Senate House Libraries, and many more. All courses will stress the materiality of the book so you can expect to have close encounters with remarkable books and other artefacts from some of the world's greatest collections.

Each course on offer will consist of thirteen seminars, amounting in all to twenty hours of teaching time spread between Monday afternoon and Friday afternoon. It is therefore only possible to take one course per week. There will be timetabled 'library time' that will allow students to explore the rich resources of the University's Senate House Library, one of the UK's major research libraries. There will also be an evening programme with an opening reception and talk, a  book history lecture, and receptions hosted by major London antiquarian booksellers.


25 Jun. 2012|29 Jun. 2012
Senate House
Institute of English Studies in the University of London
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