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Ligatus Summer School 2010 - Deadline approaching

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Ligatus Summer School 2010 - Deadline for applications approaching: 11th
of June
Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttel (Germany)
2-6 and 9-13 August 2010.

The 5th Ligatus Summer School, following the success of the courses in
Volos, Patmos and Thessaloniki, is to be held this year in collaboration
with the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, near Braunschweig, in
northern Germany. This is an exciting new venture for us, and the
opportunity to use books from this magnificent collection in our
courses, will make this year’s summer school a memorable experience.

About the course:
The contribution that bindings can make to our understanding of the
history and culture of the book is often neglected, but they can offer
insights into the study of readership, the booktrade, and the provenance
of books which are often not available elsewhere. In order to realise
this potential, it is important to understand not only the history of
the craft but also to learn how to record what is seen in a consistent
and organised way. Librarians, cataloguers, conservators, book
historians and all scholars who work with early books, need therefore to
understand the structure and materials of the bindings they encounter in
order to be able to record and describe them. Such descriptions of
bindings are not only valuable for the management of library
collections, pursuing academic research and making informed decisions
about conservation, but are also important for digitisation projects as
they can radically enrich the potential of image and text metadata. It
is our belief that bindings should be seen as an integral part of the
book, without which, our understanding of the history and use of books
is often greatly circumscribed.

The purpose of the summer school is to uncover the possibilities latent
in the detailed study of bookbinding and it mainly focuses on books
which have been bound between the fifteenth and the early nineteenth
century. While both courses concentrate in particular on the structure
and materials of bookbindings, each of the two courses offered in this
summer school looks at bindings from different geographical areas and
with a different approach. The first course looks at the history of
bookbinding as it was carried out in Europe in the period of the hand
press (1450-1830), with the opportunity to look at examples from the
collection during the afternoons, while the second course looks at the
development of bookbinding in the eastern Mediterranean and gives
hands-on training in how to observe and record bindings, again working
with examples from the collection. Part of this course will include the
construction of an XML data structure (schema) for recording
bookbindings.

The courses are taught in English and each is open to 12 participants.
Although the courses can be attended individually, participants are
encouraged to attend both courses in order to get a more complete
understanding of the issues discussed, through the comparison of the
wide range of bookbindings considered in each week. Since these are not
beginner-level courses, the participants are expected to be familiar
with bookbinding terminology and have a basic knowledge of the history
of book production in the periods under discussion. A basic
understanding of the use of databases is also desirable for those who
will attend the course in the second week.

Description of courses:

Week 1, European Bookbinding 1450-1830
Tutor: Professor N. Pickwoad
This course will follow European bookbinding from the end of the Middle
Ages to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, using the bindings
themselves to illustrate the aims and intentions of the binding trade. A
large part of the course will be devoted to the identification of both
broad and detailed distinctions within the larger groups of plain
commercial bindings and the possibilities of identifying the work of
different countries, cities, even workshops without reference to
finishing tools. The identification and significance of the different
materials used in bookbinding will be examined, as well as the
classification of bookbindings by structural type, and how these types
developed through the three centuries covered by the course. The
development of binding decoration will be touched on, but will not form
a major part of the discussion.

The course consists of ten 90-minute sessions with slide-show
presentations (over 800 images will be shown). Actual examples of
bindings will be shown in the first four afternoon sessions while the
final afternoon will look at bookbinding terminology and offer the
opportunity for the discussion of questions and issues raised during the
week.

Week 2, Identifying and recording Byzantine bookbinding structures for
conservation and cataloguing.
Tutors: Dr. G. Boudalis and Dr. A. Velios
This five-day course will be divided in two interconnected sessions. The
first session, run by Dr. Georgios Boudalis, will focus upon the major
structural and decorative features of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine
bookbindings and their evolution in time and space. The relation of
these bindings with the early bindings of the Coptic and other Eastern
Mediterranean cultures will be discussed, during lectures, slide-shows
and hands-on sessions. This session will centre the influences and
comparisons of these different bookbindings. It will consist of eight
90-minute computer presentations supplemented by hands-on sessions. The
second session will be run by Dr. Athanasios Velios and will deal with
the data management and storage of bookbinding descriptions. Alongside a
brief reference to the relational databases this session will mainly
involve discussions on a) the semantic web and XML, b) schemas and
terminologies for bookbinding descriptions, c) commercial and open
source software options for XML data and d) methodologies and workflows
for collection surveys. A large part of this session will be devoted to
the actual development and use of an XML schema for recording binding
structures. This session will consist of two 90-minutes presentations
and eight 90-minutes hands-on workshops. Basic knowledge of database use
is desirable for this course.

The courses are supported by Ligatus and the University of the Arts,
London, with generous help from the Herzog August Bibliothek. We have
therefore been able to reduce the cost of the course for this year to
£320 per week, excluding travel, meals and accommodation. A number of
accommodation options will be provided to the participants. A detailed
schedule of the courses can be sent upon request. Applications,
including a short CV can be submitted online
(http://www.ligatus.org.uk/summerschool/). For information about
registration please email Ewelina Warner
([log in to unmask]) and mark the message subject with:
'Ligatus Summer School'. A reading list will be sent to those who will
attend the courses in advance. Deadline for applications is the 11th of
June. The participants will be contacted by the end of June.

About the library: Wolfenbüttel is a small town in Lower Saxony,
Germany, located on the Oker river about 13 kilometres south of
Brunswick (Braunschweig), at the edge of the Hartz Mountains. It became
the residence of the dukes of Brunswick in 1432 but the first known
library in Wolfenbüttel was that of the Duke Julius (1528-1529), the
first protestant ruler of the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg. This library
was transferred in 1618, on the orders of his grandson, Friedrich Ulrich
(1591-1634), to the university of Helmstedt, founded in 1576. The Herzog
August Bibliothek in its present form started its life as the private
library of the Duke August (1579-1666), and by the time of his death,
the library was one of the greatest collections in Europe, containing
135,000 painstakingly catalogued printed books and 3000 manuscripts.

The library continued to grow under his immediate descendants in later
seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries, with both Gottfried Wilhelm
Liebnitz and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing serving as librarians, and was
then housed in a splendid circular building, finished in 1713, built by
the Duke Anton Ulrich, which was the first free-standing secular library
building in Europe. In 1810 the library of the University of Helmstedt
was returned to Wolfenbüttel, and other notable collections, both from
later generations of the ducal family and other aristocratic families,
were added to the Biblioteca Augusta, as the Duke August’s own
collection is known.

The current library building was opened in 1887, and new reading rooms,
exhibition spaces and other facilities have been added in nearby
buildings in more recent times. In 1983, the library was established as
an independent research centre by the State of Lower Saxony, with an
active programme which allows approximately 150 scholars to work in the
library each year and the addition of a large reference collection to
support the study of the early books. In addition, since that time there
has been an active programme of acquisitions of both printed books and
manuscripts of all ages, building on the strengths of the collection and
embarking in new directions. The library is now designated as the
national repository for printed books of the seventeenth century. It is
remarkable in having maintained its collection virtually intact since
the seventeenth century.

A good introduction to the library and its collections can be found in A
Treasure House of Books: the library of the Duke August of
Brunwick-Wolfenbüttel, Wolfenbüttel, 1998.

Ligatus is a research unit of the University of the Arts London with
particular interest in the history bookbinding, book conservation,
archiving and the application of digital technology to these fields.
Ligatus’s main research projects currently include the conservation of
the books in the library of St Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai and
the development of a multi-lingual glossary of bookbinding terms.

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