The picture at the top of the article shows young people, (not ancient readers like me, she who speaks of learning to read via printed words on paper) pulling a page from a replica of Ben Franklin’s Common Press.
Rare Book School has amassed a collection of 80,000 items “that range from 7th-century papyrus fragments to manuscripts stored on Reagan-era floppy disks and unreadable on the modern computer.”
The school offers 25 weeklong courses each summer. And they’re not just for young people. According to the article, the latest class “included a bookshop owner from Washington state, an English graduate student from New Zealand, a historian for the Mormon Church, a school librarian from Long Beach, Calif., and collegiate librarians from Oxford and Yale.”
The course sounds interesting to me:
In class, students take turns operating wooden and iron printing presses and hanging pages to dry. Or they gather round ancient manuscripts for a closer look at this goatskin binding or that woodblock rendering.How about you? Does it sound interesting? Does it make you want to write a book that a hundred years from now people will hold in their hands and turn the delicate pages in awe?