I-40. The Illustrated Scientific Book to 1800 - Advance Reading List

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  • Preliminary Advices

    Please buy your own copies of the required reading books, or at least the first two—they contain a lot of technical information which you will not be able to assimilate at one reading, so you will want to refer back to them and possibly bring them to Charlottesville with you. New from Amazon they will cost a total of $100, but secondhand copies are readily available. You should have some background knowledge of the history of science, for which Fara is a good introduction or refresher.

  • Required Reading

    Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Oxford: 1972; reprinted with corrections 1974 and 1979; New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 1995, 2009). Read all of the first section, “Book Production: The Hand-press Period, 1500–1800″ (pp. 1–170) and the first part of the final section, “Bibliographical Applications” (pp. 311–335).

    Griffiths, Antony. Prints and PrintmakingLondon: British Museum Press, 1980; reprinted Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996. Read the first two sections on relief printing and intaglio printing (pp. 13–99) and the short section on color printing (pp. 113–119). We will not be dealing with lithography.

    Gaskell, Roger. “Printing House and Engraving Shop. A Mysterious Collaboration.” The Book Collector 53 (2004): 213–251. This is available online with addendum at the Origins of Science as a Visual Pursuit website.

    Kusukawa, Sachiko. Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical BotanyChicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. Highly recommended, and one of the few studies of scientific illustration that pays attention to the scientific book.


  • Recommended Reading and Browsing

    “Origins of Science as a Visual Pursuit” website http://picturingscience.wordpress.com/. Subscribe to this website. Browse the articles and keep an eye on new postings.

    Fara, Patricia. Science: A Four Thousand Year History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

    Ivins, William M. Prints and Visual CommunicationCambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press, 1953; reprinted 1969.

    Ogilvie, Brian W. “Image and Text in Natural History, 1500-1700.” In The Power of Images in Early Modern Science, edited by Wolfgang, Lefèvre, et al.,141–166. Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2003. Other essays in this and the following volume are well worth reading.

    Remmert, Volker R. Picturing the Scientific Revolution: Title Engravings in Early Modern Scientific Publications. Translated by Ben Kern. Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2011.

    Roche, John J. “The Semantics of Graphics in Mathematical Natural History.” In Non-Verbal Communication in Science Prior to 1900, edited by Renato G. Mazzolini, 197–233. Biblioteca Di Nuncius 11, Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1993.