History of the Book

The History of the Book page is the L. Tom Perry Special Collection’s ongoing project to identify resources, on and off-campus, to assist in the study of the history of the book, print culture, book arts and binding.

Contents of Page:

History of the Book Courses at BYU
Conferences and Internships
L. Tom Perry Special Collections
Related Program Sites
Related Sites
Suggested Sites – Bibiliographic Inquiries

History of the Book Courses at BYU

Honors Department

History of Western Civilization
Scott Duvall – HNRS 201 Sec 006 and HNRS 202 Sec 010

201-006. History of Civilization 1. (3:3:0)
SyllabusClass Schedule
202-010. History of Civilization 2. (3:3:0)
SyllabusClass Schedule

English Department

History of the Book
Royal Skousen – ELANG 524 – History and development of the book, including modern methods and practices.

ELANG 524 – History of the Book
Syllabus and Class Schedule

480R. 002 Private Seminar

380. English Literature from 1950 to the Present: The Contemporary Period. (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ENGL 251 or 252; 292. Important literature and literary trends since 1950.

Communications Department

COMMS 301 General Communication history/philosophy History and philosophy of print, film, and broadcast communication media from their beginnings to the present; their roles as institutions in American society.

Music Department

Music 304R – Hildegard of Bingen – section on illumination

Arts Department

Book Binding: VASTU 330R.
Course Description
Malan’s Book Binding Blog

Calligraphy: VASTU 109.

VASTU 109. Basic skills in hand lettering.

218. Intaglio Fundamentals. (1.5:1:2) Prerequisite: Visual Arts core. Foundation printmaking. Fee.

219. Lithography Fundamentals. (1.5:1:2) Prerequisite: Visual Arts core. Foundation printmaking. Fee.

330R. Bookbinding. (3:6:0 ea.) F, W Traditional approaches to hand bookbinding

349R. Printmaking: Relief/Screen. (3:2:4 ea.) Prerequisite: Visual Arts core. Relief and screen printmaking materials and procedures. Fee.

350. Printmaking: Intaglio. Prerequisite: Visual Arts core and VAStu 218. Intaglio printmaking, based on traditional and contemporary techniques. Fee.

351. Printmaking: Lithography. Prerequisite: Visual Arts core and VAStu

219. Lithography printmaking. based on traditional and contemporary techniques. Fee.

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Conferences and Internships

The A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference will be held on March 26-27, 2009. Visit the conference web site through this link

Book Collecting Conference 2009

[ To see last year’s book collecting conference, follow this link: Book Collecting Conference 2008 ]


Interested in a career in Archives, Special Collections Librarianship, Museum Studies, Conservation, Cultural Resource Management or Records Management? The L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University, offers internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in these fields. Special Collections Interns can choose from a variety of opportunities:

  • L. Tom Perry Rare Book Interns will work with curators to identify, acquire, catalog, and otherwise make available rare book and ephemera collections.

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L. Tom Perry Special Collections

Special Collections: Collections & Archives

Print Collections: Includes books, journal articles, broadsides, pamphlets, etc. Click the links below to be directed to the collections.

Western and Mormon Americana Renaissance & Reformation
Victorian and Edwardian Fine Printing
JFC Harrison Larsen Yellowstone
History of Science

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Related Program Sites

University of Utah:

Book Arts Proram at the J. Willard Marriott Library.

University of Virginia Rare Book School:

An independent non-profit educational institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing related subjects. Founded in 1983, it moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.

California Rare Book School:

A continuing education program that provides the necessary knowledge and skills for professionals working in all aspects of the rare book community, and for students interested in this field. Founded in 2005, the California Rare Book School is a project of the Department of the Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) at UCLA.

Crandall Historical Printing Museum:


University of Iowa Center for the Book:

The Center for the Book is an innovative, interdisciplinary research and arts unit located within the University of Iowa Graduate College.

Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar:

A Seminar for booksellers, librarians, and collectors held each year at Colorado College, Colorado Springs; immediately following the Denver Antiquarian Book Fair.

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Related Sites

Book Valuation Guide

Information and links to help you find the value of your books

Sharp Web


The Bibliographic Society of America


The Bibliographic Society


Crandall Historical Printing Museum:


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Suggested Sites – Bibiliographic Inquiries

Powell’s Books

Rare book basics – illustrated book terms and rare book condition standards.


Glossary of book-related terms.


Glossary of book terms, A-Z

IOBA – Independent Online Booksellers Association

Book Terminology

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