The value of books: forthcoming Institut d’histoire du livre summer school

The Institut d’histoire du livre is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for this year’s Lyon Book History Workshop to be held 29 June – 2 July 2020.

The Lyon Book History Workshop’s main purpose is to improve skills in the interpretation and understanding of specific fields relating to our written and printed heritage. Each course is taught by a leading international expert in the field, with emphasis on the study of original heritage documents held at the Lyon Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication and at the Lyon City Library.

The workshop is organised by the Institut d’histoire du livre (IHL) founded in 2001, which brings together two major rare book and printing collections and three teaching and research establishments closely involved in the history of printing and of the book: Lyon City Library (BmL), Lyon Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, the Enssib (LIS university), the École nationale des chartes (ENC) in Paris, Lyon 2 University and the École normale supérieure in Lyon.

This year, we will be offering four courses, in French, on the theme The value of books :

  • Mr Yann Sordet : Prix du livre et valeurs de la bibliophilie (XVIe-XIXe s.)
  • Professor Romain Menini and Dr Olivier Pédeflous : Rabelais tel qu’en ses livres
  • Professor Fabienne Henryot : La construction de la valeur des livres d’Heures (XVIIe-XXe s.)
  • Professor Dominique Varry : Dévoiler les faux : L’authentification des ouvrages grâce à l’expertise bibliographique

Inaugural conference : Professor Neil Harris : Le prix des livres à Venise (XVe-XVIe s.)

Each course will consist of seminars and practical sessions, adding up to 20 hours of teaching time.
Dates:  Monday 29 June to 2 July 2020
Venue: Lyon, France (Enssib, Lyon Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, Lyon City Library, etc.)

Inscription fees : 400 euros (250 euros for students and doctoral students). The fees include the provision of study materials and tea/coffee breaks. Meals and accommodation are not included.

For more information about the four courses, registration information:

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