Introduction to the evolution of the manuscript into the printed book into the electronic text. Emphasis on the significance of the pre-printing era, the development of the printing press and movable type, the technological advances of the 19th century (especially the Linotype machine), and the state of the "printed" book today and in the years to come. Along with study of handwriting and printing, we will examine binding, illumination and illustrations, paper making, type founding, and the application of computer technology to the book. Hands-on experience will include paper marbling, simple bookbinding, typesetting, and perhaps printing (depending on timing and availability of the press at the Renaissance Center). Visits to the Special Collections and University Archives, Campus Center Craft Center, and the Renaissance Center. Paper or project required.
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