Events for The Book Beautiful , closed May 23 at the Turnbull Gallery
- Date: Tuesday, 3 March, 2015
5.30pm – 6.30pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets.
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For more information email ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Clues to 15th century printing practices
The invention of printing with movable type was the communications revolution of the fifteenth century. But we do not know how the first printers printed - there were no printers' manuals at that time. In fact printing methods were often kept secret - printing was known as the 'black art'. This talk will look at the evidence that can be found within the pages of the first printed books that give clues about the first printing practices and help give us an understanding of how inked letters were first pressed onto paper. The talk will be accompanied by colourful images.
Dr Claire Bolton
Claire Bolton teaches printing, and this year tutored a course on understanding incunables, at the London Rare Book School. She also ran a letterpress printshop, The Alembic Press, for over 45 years, mainly producing books in limited editions on the historical aspects of paper printing and type. About ten years ago she decided to put her practice into theory and began to research fifteenth-century printing methods. An MA in the History of Printing at the University of Reading’s Department of Typography and Graphic Communications led on to research for her PhD in early printing practices – really an excuse to spend many happy hours in library collections looking at incunabula (15th century books).
She has had a number of academic papers published, and has taught numerous letterpress and bookbinding workshops In the UK, Europe, US and Australia. Her doctoral thesis about fifteenth-century printing practices will be published by Oxford Bibliographical Society.