28-30 June 2012
The Early Modern Book world was characterised by great variety, but also by fierce competition.Â Many printers and publishers responded by developing a highly specialised output, utilising skills and expertise that gave them a vital commercial edge, and deterred potential rivals.Â Books that required specialised typefaces (music and Greek texts) were inevitably the preserve of a small number of firms; but others took advantage of the sophisticated European distribution network to develop an international reputation for specific genres.Â The production of Books of Hours was dominated by a few Parisian firms; in 1541 Georg Joachim Rheticus would carry the precious manuscript of Copernicusâ€™s De revolutionibus 1,000 kilometres across Europe to find a printing centre (Nuremberg) capable of doing it justice.Â But much less well capitalised firms could also find their niche in the new genres that underpinned the market: almanacs, calendars and news.
Speakers at the conference include: Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik, Natasha Constantinidou, Iain Fenlon, Neil Harris, Richard Kirwan, Isabella Matauschek, RÃ©mi Mathis, David McKitterick, Roger Paas, Massimo Petta, Pedro Rueda Ramirez, Ursula Rautenberg, LluÃs AgustÃ Ruiz, Paul Shore, BjÃ¸rn Skaarup and Francisco AntÃ³nio LourenÃ§o Vaz.
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