Contribute to Teaching the Book

Following the lead of sister site Teaching the Codex, the Teaching the Book site reaches out for examples you have found that demonstrate particular features of books in the age of the hand-press. Formats can include a short text with image, a film, or a gallery of Multiples. Contributions are welcome, on all aspects of discovering material, preparing for sessions, or the experience of teaching with early books at any level. Please note the essential guide below: Text should be 300-400 words Images must be sent as jpegs and under 1 MB. Films must be available to all, to be … Continue reading Contribute to Teaching the Book

Bound-with, nonce, tract, pamphlet volume, and Sammelband

To save money and space many early book owners gathered up a number of separately published items and bound them together. Sometimes there was a theme, sometimes it was simply that everything was of a similar size, and occasionally the contents appear to be random. These volumes are referred to by various names. In the Bodleian, the preferred term is ‘bound-with’, and more than one hundred thousand volumes of separately published printed books, pamphlets, dissertations and single sheets are bound this way. Bodleian shelfmarks that include a bracket indicate there are several items bound together. For example, ‘Arch. G d.45 … Continue reading Bound-with, nonce, tract, pamphlet volume, and Sammelband

Fallen type

Claire Bolton, 12 October 2020 Occasionally we encounter type letters that have fallen from the locked-up type in its forme, landed on the inked text, and been printed, thereby leaving an impression in the printed page. They are usually caused by the printers’ error of poor lock-up. When the forme of type letters was not locked up tightly enough for printing the letters could be pulled up by the sticky ink during the inking process. The presence of a piece of type on the set page also stops the other nearby letters printing onto the sheet – the fallen type … Continue reading Fallen type