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Rare Book School 2005 Course Bulletin

Reading right through this Bulletin may be useful for those unacquainted with Rare Book School, the more so in that the courses are arranged in subject order rather than by level of complexity. The heading on each subject page offers some guidance as to the most logical order in which courses may be taken.

A good many RBS courses are offered annually; others are offered on a less regular schedule. A list of the courses offered over the next year or so is given on the current RBS Course Schedule page; or see the summary of forthcoming courses, which may be downloaded as a .pdf file.

A description of the RBS experience generally may be found on the RBS General Information page.

For a hard copy summary of forthcoming courses or an application form (if you are unable to download these documents by following the links), write Rare Book School, PO Box 400103, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4103; fax 434-924-8824; email; or telephone 434-924-8851.

Electronic copies of many other RBS documents past and present are available from the RBS Web site, including former students' evaluations of all RBS courses offered since 1995; in the past, prospective students have found these frank discussions particularly useful in deciding whether or not to apply for admission to a particular RBS course. For similar reasons, copies of the Preliminary Reading Lists for most RBS courses are available online.

    B-10 Introduction to the History of Bookbinding
    B-40 Medieval & Early Renaissance Bookbinding Structures
    B-60 European Bookbinding, 1500-1800
    B-70 European Decorative Bookbinding
    B-90 Publishers' Bookbindings, 1830-1910
Collecting and Collection Management
    C-70 Collecting the History of Anglo-American Law
    C-75 Developing Collections of African-American Materials
    C-80 Artists’ Books: Strategies for Collecting
General: Descriptive and Textual Bibliography
    G-10 Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography
    G-50 Advanced Descriptive Bibliography
    H-10 The History of the Book, 200-2000
    H-15 The History of the Book in America
    H-20 The Book in the Manuscript Era
    H-25 15th-Century Books in Print and Manuscript
    H-30 The Printed Book in the West to 1800
    H-40 The Printed Book in the West since 1800
    H-45 Printing, Publishing, & Consuming Texts in Britain, 1770-1919
    H-50 The American Book in the Industrial Era, 1820-1940
    H-55 History of American Music Printing and Publishing
    H-60 History of European and American Papermaking
    H-65 Introduction to the History and Preservation of Maps
    H-75 Printed Ephemera
    H-80 The Stationers’ Company and the London Book Trade to 1830
    H-90 Teaching the History of the Book
Illustration and Printing Processes
    I-10 Introduction to the History of Illustration
    I-20 Book Illustration Processes to 1900
    I-30 Seminar in Book Illustration Processes
    I-70 Lithography: The Popularization of Printing in the C19
    I-80 Japanese Printmaking, 1615-1868
    I-85 Japanese Illustrated Books, 1615-1868
Libraries, Archives, and Electronic Resources
    L-10 Introduction to Special Collections Librarianship
    L-30 Rare Book Cataloging
    L-40 Visual Materials Cataloging
    L-50 Advanced Seminar in Special Collections Administration
    L-55 Donors and Libraries
    L-70 Electronic Texts and Images
    L-75 Electronic Texts in XML
    L-80 Implementing Encoded Archival Description
    L-85 Publishing EAD Finding Aids
    M-10 Introduction to Paleography, 800-1500
    M-20 Introduction to Codicology
    M-40 Latin Paleography, 1100-1500
    M-50 Introduction to Illuminated Manuscripts
    M-80 Introduction to European Handwriting
    M-85 Introduction to Islamic Manuscripts
Typography and Book Design
    T-10 Introduction to the History of Typography
    T-50 Type, Lettering and Calligraphy, 1450-1830
    T-55 Type, Lettering and Calligraphy, 1830-1940
RBS Courses NOT currently offered
    C-20 Book Collecting
    C-40 Cataloging Private Collections
    C-50 Managing the Past
    G-60 Introduction to c15 Printing
    L-20 How to Research a Rare Book
    M-75 Indian Manuscript Illustration, 1450-1800
    T-70 Printing Design and Publication
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