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The History of The Book Part 1 – 5 Sep – 17 Oct 2020

5th September - 17th October

Bodice-rippers and Chained Books: History of the Book

Due to measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this session has been rescheduled from the original May-June dates and will now take place in the Autumn term.


The History of The Book Part 1

You might think of libraries being rather quiet demure places, filled with dead trees rotting slowly, but print history takes us to some quite risqué places.

Think about those second-hand copies of Lady Chatterley’s Lover of a certain vintage which fall open at a particular page.

This 5-week course of workshops will introduce you to the controversial and revolutionary History of The Book.

Course Outline

Week 1: 5 September 2020

Introduction + Before The Book

Week 2: 26 September 2020

Workshop / Special Collections

Week 3: 3 October 2020

The Coming of The Book

Week 4: 10 October 2020

Workshop / Typesetting

Week 5: 17 October 2020

Duration 2 hours

Your Tutor

The History of The Book series is led by Malcolm Noble. Malcolm teaches British, European and Imperial history after 1700, and is very open-minded about what forms this might take. He has a particular interest in teaching book history and analytical bibliography.

Malcolm has taught at the Universities of Leicester and Edinburgh.

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The History of The Book Part 1 – 5 Sep – 17 Oct 2020


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Leicester Adult Education College
54 Belvoir Street
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 6QL United Kingdom
0116 454 1900


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