Those who took INSTG012 (Historical Bibliography) this year as part of their MA LIS, MA ARM or MA RAMI at UCL will recognise this title page from our practical sessions on collation and description.
I was really lucky to inherit several old, tatty volumes that had been used by the last person who taught the module in house many years ago. (Thanks to the MA LIS Programme Director for keeping them safe). They are really ideal for teaching – several have clear wirelines and chainlines, the signatures are varied, and because they are falling apart, students are less worried about handling them than our precious Library Special Collections materials. Their state also makes it possible to see how the pages were gathered, how the binding (or what remains of it) “works,” and generally to get a feel for how the book was put together. In other words, in a very material sense, I can teach construction through deconstruction.
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