St Andrews, 3rd-5th September 2008
The period 1500-1540 is arguably the least well studied in the in the early history of printing. The surviving books of the 15th century, the incunabula age, have been subjected to minute investigation; the later 16th century is the subject of numerous specialist bibliographies. The forty years between represent a transitional period when the printed book was approaching but had not reached full maturity; the experience of this period was also very different in different parts of Europe, as the Reformation reshaped the industry in Germany, but not elsewhere. This conference, by drawing together leading specialists in book culture from different parts of Europe, will compare these diverse experiences of print, and examine how the book industry faced the challenge of the re-structuring that followed the first exuberant age of experimentation. It will also chart the growth of a pan-European book market, as print evolved towards the robust business model that would underpin its later spectacular success.
For further details on cost and registration procedure please contact the conference organiser, Graeme Kemp (email@example.com). The Conference is hosted by the School of History and the AHRC Universal Short-Title Catalogue project.
Additional sponsorship has been provided by the British Academy and the publishers Brill of Leiden.