Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What I did on my summer vacation

I returned last week from a few weeks in Europe, where a highlight was a week-long class on material/physical bibliography at the Institut d'histoire du Livre in Lyon, taught by Dominique Varry. It was an intense and very useful course held at the ENS-Lyon, with sessions at the Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon, which is the second-biggest library in France after the BnF, the ENSSIB, the French national library school, and the Musée de l'Imprimerie.

There were other courses on the history of typography, paper and watermarks, and ephemera taught to a very international and diverse group of students, including librarians, literary scholars, book artists, and rare books dealers.

One highlight was an evening at the Musée de l'Imprimerie, where Nelly Gable, the punch cutter at the Imprimerie nationale, showed how she replicates types from old punches.

Afterward, off to meet my family and eat some gelato!
(photos to come...)

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