Workshop on Descriptive Bibliography

November 15, 2019
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

2:30 pm. – 4:00 pm.

Led by
Erin Schreiner, Executive Director, Bibliographic Society of America
& Professor Jesse Erickson, University of Delaware

Descriptive bibliography is the systematic study of books and printed materials as physical objects. For instance, how is a book constructed? What kind of paper, inks, and fonts were used? How were the pages set up on the press and how were the sheets folded and bound together? What materials were used to make a book’s covers, and when and by whom was it bound? Who typeset, printed, and published the book? Who designed the book’s illustrations, cover art, and dust jacket? How many copies were printed for a given edition, and how many editions of the book were published over time? Where and how was the book distributed, and who preserved it so that we could consult it?

As a methodology, descriptive bibliography lies at the core of the BBP’s work. Attend this workshop for a hands-on introduction to its concerns, procedures, and critical possibilities.

Space is limited—register here. Participants will be notified by email before November 12.