L-30. Rare Book Cataloging - Advance Reading List
Read Before Coming and Bring With You to Class
Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books). Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service, 3rd printing with corrections, 2011 (ISBN:970-0-8444-1162-0). DCRM(B) is out of print, and is freely available as a PDF. Please note that the front cover is available as a separate PDF file. Before coming to class, familiarize yourself with this manual, paying special attention to the preface and introductory sections, area 4, and Appendix G. Make sure you have this title and not Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books, or the 1st or 2nd printings of DCRM(B).
Belanger, Terry. “Descriptive Bibliography.” In Book Collecting: A Modern Guide, edited by Jean Peters, 97–115. New York & London: R.R. Bowker, 1977. Note: Students admitted to this course will receive further instructions for accessing this reading.
Read Before Coming to Class
Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972, revised 1974, &c. 1995 paperback version currently in print (Winchester: St Paul’s Bibliographies & New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books). Familiarize yourself with the scope and contents of Gaskell before coming to class, read pages 313–320 (“Identification”), pages 328–335 (“Formula”), and as much else as you have time for.
Leslie, Deborah J. and Benjamin Griffin. “Transcription of Early Letter Forms in Rare Materials Cataloging,” 2003. A discussion paper prepared for the DCRM Working Conference. You may find this slow-going, but starting on understanding the concepts before coming class will give you a head start when we get to advanced transcription.
Class Preparation 1: Terms
Please learn the definitions of the following terms as they pertain to special collections and antiquarian books. I won’t expect you to have them all memorized, but even a first iteration will help you remember and understand these terms better when you get here. All sources are game; don’t neglect the DCRM(B) glossary! We won’t go over this list in class, but please let me know if you’re having a hard time finding and/or visualizing any terms.
- press figures
- direction line
- bibliographical format
- laid paper and wove paper
- incunables (incunabula)
- cancel (noun)
- to cancel (verb)
- quarter bound
- half bound
- inboard binding
- case binding
- STC (Short title catalogue)
- RSC [no, not the Royal Shakespeare Company]
Class Preparation 2: Videos on Aspects of Making Books
- The Art of Making a Book (hand press): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T17aCX2iBBY
- Making books (1947) (machine press): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBztGX-2i1M
- Chancery Papermaking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-PmfdV_cZU
- Papermaking by Hand at Hayley Mill, England in 1976: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs3PfwOItt
- Handmade papermaking and handcasting type: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MTb7Nt9jNY
Hand Printing and Printmaking
- Het drukproces in Museum Plantin-Moretus. A series of ten unnarrated videos put out by the Musea Stad Antwerpen. Watch in this order:
- Cutting the punch: https://youtu.be/ACShxt0n8uI?list=PL1DD2DC2ECAE66A19
- Creating the matrix: https://youtu.be/HcAoBhpjo_I?list=PL1DD2DC2ECAE66A19
- Casting type: https://youtu.be/q981Whe3xF4?list=PL1DD2DC2ECAE66A19
- Setting type: https://youtu.be/EWp_Rxaaq4M?list=PL1DD2DC2ECAE66A19
- Tying up the galley: https://youtu.be/F7JYaeTYyfM?list=PL1DD2DC2ECAE66A19
- Imposing: https://youtu.be/yfRr01NvDZY?list=PL1DD2DC2ECAE66A19
- Letterpress printing: https://youtu.be/IO6l74AWJSs?list=PL1DD2DC2ECAE66A19
- Engraving: https://youtu.be/JooTfqw3UIY?list=PL1DD2DC2ECAE66A19
- Etching: https://youtu.be/KYvLBBC4I-U?list=PL1DD2DC2ECAE66A19
- Rolling press printing: https://youtu.be/ebNfdjDkEnE?list=PL1DD2DC2ECAE66A19
- Woodcut Printing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgCYovlFRNY
- Traditional Bookbinding: https://youtu.be/nICeso8336Y
- Bookbinding 101. https://www.youtube.com/user/BookbindersChronicle/videos. A series of nine videos on hand bookbinding. Watch the videos in reverse order as they appear on the page, starting with “Sewing with cloth tapes.”
Post-Course Titles of Potential Interest
Ascher, James P. “Progressing Toward Bibliography.” In RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage 10:2 (2009): 95–110.
Russell, Beth M. “Looking for Someone Special: Special Collections Cataloging, 1980–2000.” In Library Resources and Technical Services 47:4 (October 2003): 149–159.