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Baskerville Society: The Beauty of letters: text, type and communication in the eighteenth century

14th March 2015

Call for papers

The Baskerville Society is pleased to announce the theme for its second two-day confernce: The Beauty of Letterstext, type and communication in the eighteenth century

In his preface to Paradise Lost (1758), John Baskerville described himself as an ‘admirer of the beauty of letters’. This conference takes his phrase as the starting point to explore different dimensions of the production, distribution and consumption of texts of all kinds during the long eighteenth century (c. 1688-1820), in Britain and the wider world.  

Printing and the printing business: printers, typefounders, paper-makers and binders; printing technology & technology transfer; manufacturing; apprenticeships; design & aesthetics; distribution & marketing of texts.

Printing, the enlightenment & globalisation printing & education; libraries; business literature & training manuals; the diffusion of knowledge by print within states and across boundaries; the rolo of printing in political revolution & the growth of empire.  

Printing: purpose, transmission, purchase and reading of different forms of print media: encyclopaedias & dictionaries; conduct manuals; scientific & medical literature; histories & travel literature; religious, legal & political texts; novels, poetry & plays; printed images, ephemera & street literature etc. 

n.b.: the conference is not exploring literary criticism 

The Conference organisers, Professor Caroline Archer and Dr Malcolm Dick are inviting contributions from academics, heritage professionals, research students and independent scholars. Please send a suggested title, synopsis (200 words) and biography (100 words) via a word attachment to both: and; by: 1 July 2014.