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HISTORY OF THE BOOK AND PUBLISHING

CODE 86910
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 3nd year of 8453 CONSERVAZIONE DEI BENI CULTURALI (L-1) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-STO/08
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The printed book is an artifact produced with the use of precise technology. The printed book is also one of the most efficient media for the storage and transmission of knowledge. The printed book is a commodity that is conveyed by the book trade by obeying commercial rules and practices. The teaching of History of the book and publishing analyzes these three aspects of the book allows to fully understand the mechanisms of production and dissemination of the book with particular attention to the hand press period.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The teaching of history of books and publishing aims to transmit the fundamental knowledge and skills for the study of the complex mechanisms behind the production and dissemination of a printed book. Those mechanisms will be analyzed from the three points of view already mentioned and, in particular, a) description of the production process of the printed book, above all, in the era of the hand press period; b) analysis of the artefacts from a diachronic point of view, highlighting the developments in printing and publishing over the centuries; c) illustration of the economic and social mechanisms that characterize publishing.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Participation in educational activities and / or individual study will allow the student to:

    • gain awareness of the problems associated with the history of books and publishing;
    • know and understand the mechanisms that lead to the production and dissemination of the book from Gutenberg to the e-book;
    • know the technical terminology;
    • be able to critically analyze a printed book in its material components and their reflection on the transmission of the text.

    PREREQUISITES

    No prerequisite is required for this teaching, except for normal historical and literary knowledge.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures with the direct involvement of students in the analysis of the artifacts that will be used during the lesson.

    Lessons will be held in person.

    Attendance at lessons and activities is highly recommended. Non-attending students are asked to contact the teacher to arrange a different program.

    All the students are requested to register on the Aulaweb.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Book History: definition, object and methods. The hand printed book. invention of the press with movable types; materials for printing: paper, vellum, silk; fonts, typographic ink, printig press.
    The phases of the production of the book. Creation and design. Printing expenses. Dedication. Company to print. Publisher and printer. Editorial brand. Edition contract. The making of the book: the typography, the typographer, the stoneman, the format of the book, the forme. The tape case. The forme and book formats. The collational formula. The typographic press and printing operations. The sheet: edition, impression, issue and state.
    The component parts of a book: the title-page, the frontispiece, preliminaries, the colophon.
    Book ornamentation: decoration and illustration. The print page: the running title, catchword, signature, page dimensions.
    The system of privileges.
    The packaging of the book: the bookbinding.
    The circulation of the book: the book trade: booksellers, stationers, colporteur.
    Users of the book: readers, collectors and users.
    Bibliographic control and civil and religious censorship.
    The evolution of the book as a product.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    – Marco Santoro, Storia del libro italiano: libro e società in Italia dal Quattrocento al nuovo millennio. Nuova ed. riv. e ampliata. Milano: Bibliografica, 2008. (Bibliografia e biblioteconomia, 83).

    – Lorenzo Baldacchini, Il libro antico: storia, diffusione e descrizione. 3. ed. - Roma: Carocci, 2019. (Studi superiori; 1168).

    The texts that will be analysed will be made available on Aulaweb and in class.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    GRAZIANO RUFFINI (President)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    September 19th, 2022

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam will verify the acquisition of the theoretical and methodological aspects of the history of the book, as well as the ability to deal with the analysis of some artifacts analyzed in class and to recall the fundamental aspects of their production. It will also verify the ability to use the correct technical terminology.

    The basic threshold is understood to be reached in cases in which the student demonstrates that he has substantially understood the theoretical and methodological aspects, that he knows at least the fundamental aspects of the history of books and publishing, that he knows how to act correctly in the face of a copy and to use the technical terminology necessary for the purpose

    The threshold of excellence is understood to be reached in cases in which the student demonstrates a profound mastery of theoretical and technical aspects, has made the aspects of the history of the book and publishing his own, tackles the analysis of a specimen with confidence, being able to independently deduce the choices made technically for its realization, and master the technical terminology of the discipline.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes