The Illustrated Scientific Book to 1800 at Rare Book School, University of Virginia

I will be teaching a course on the bibliography of scientific images at Rare Book School, University of Virginia, 29 July – 2 August 2013.  To be considered in the first round of admissions, applications should be submitted by 1 March 2013.

This course will consider the production, formal qualities, and function of images in scientific books. The focus will be on the ways that graphic technologies combined with the printing of verbal texts has affected the use of images in the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge.  Students will learn the bibliographical analysis and description of illustrated books.

I intend the course to be of interest to all historians of early modern science who use printed sources, in the belief that a sound knowledge of the circumstances of the production of these books is essential to their interpretation.

For more on the course and Rare Book School please follow the link – there are a number of other courses that will be of interest to readers of this website.

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