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The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450 to 1800

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Duration

4 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Accessibility

Mobile, Desktop

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Language

English

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Subtitles

English

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Level

Intermediate

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Effort

3 hours per week

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Teaching Type

Self Paced

Course Description

Invention and innovation were at their peak in the early modern period. This course will explore the production of books using examples from Trinity College Dublin, and the Edward Worth Library in Dublin.

Learn how books were bound, illustrated and made. You will also examine rare treasures such as the engravings by Anthony Van Dyck and early editions Aesop’s Fables.

We'll also discuss how books were used and the impact of printing on science, medicine, and politics.

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What You Will Learn

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Identify the different parts of an early modern book

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Describe how the early modern book trade operated

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Reflect on how the invention of the printing press changed religious, scientific, medical and political views of the world

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Classify provenance marks and annotations in early modern books

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Explain how early modern books were created

Target Students

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This course is for anyone interested in bookselling, book history and book design

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This may include collectors, dealers, artists, or anyone with a passion for reading and learning

Course Instructors

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Elizabethanne Boran

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My name is Elizabethanne Boran and I'm the Librarian of the Edward Worth Library, Dublin. I'm a historian of early modern ideas with a particular interest in the History of the Book.
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Mark Sweetnam

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Mark Sweetnam is Assistant Professor of English with Digital Humanities at Trinity College Dublin.
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Joseph Clarke

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As a lecturer in European History at Trinity College Dublin, my research focusses on Europe in the long eighteenth century.
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Jane Suzanne Carroll

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I am an Ussher Assistant Professor in Children's Literature at Trinity College Dublin and the co-director of the MPhil in Children's Literature.

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