Ligatus Summer School 2013

The History of European Bookbinding 1450-1830
Identifying and recording bookbinding structures of the Eastern Mediterranean.

26 – 30 August and 2 – 7 September 2013
University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden

The 8th Ligatus Summer School, following the success of the courses in Volos, Patmos, Thessaloniki, Wolfenbüttel, Venice, and Paris is to be held this year at Uppsala University in Sweden, where we have access to its magnificent library. The university was founded in 1477, and it is the oldest university in Sweden, and still dominates the old centre of the city, itself historically an important archiepiscopal see and trading centre. The University Library’s collections of early printed books are made up of donations, ‘war booty’ (from the conquests of Gustavus Adolphus in the Thirty Years’ War and including the greater part of Copernicus’ own library), purchases and a large collection of Swedish editions, which is particularly comprehensive because of the system of legal deposits that was introduced at the end of the seventeenth century.

The library holds a copy of Sweden’s oldest printed book, ‘Dyalogus Creaturarum Moralizatus’, printed in Stockholm in 1483, as well as the first book published in the Swedish language, ‘Aff Dyäffwlsens Frästilse’ (“On the temptations of the devil”), printed in 1495. There is also a notable collection of school textbooks from the seventeenth century up to the present day.

Printed books and manuscripts from the library will be shown in both weeks of the summer school, and additional visits to the libraries of Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel in Skokloster Castle and Charles de Geer at Leufstabruk are planned for the first week.

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