Laura Carnelos: Clumps, bearers and frisket-bites: the production of popular books in early modern Italy

Popular books are generally defined as those books printed in a hurry, economically and with poor quality materials. However, although materiality is a determining factor in popular prints and a crucial key to a deeper understanding of the practices adopted in typography in early printing, research in this field is still needed. Based on the assumption that the definitoin of what it is to be 'popular' is also linked to materiality, this paper will show the characteristics observed in books and discuss some archival documents in which the printing presses used and the procedures followed in early modern Italy in producing them are described.

Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m. with the lecture to start at 5.30 p.m. Members are welcome to bring guests, both to meetings and to the tea beforehand. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 17:30
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE