University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center and the King Library Press will host a lecture on “The Books of Tudor England” Friday, November 6, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of Margaret I. King Library on UK’s campus.
Alex Brooks, a book conservator and UK alumnus, will deliver the presentation. In 2014 Alex received a grant from the NEH to study the ways books changed in England during the Tudor period (1485-1603). He spent a summer in Tudor era libraries throughout Oxford, studying original bindings from early and late in the period. Alex will discuss his research on the changing physical structures of books in the Tudor era, with slides that illuminate the changing technology of bookbinding during this period. Additionally, he will discuss the associated changes in trade, business, immigration, technology, laws, culture, and society that these bookbinding styles reflect.
The King Library Press, founded in 1956, is devoted to the tradition of fine printing and produces books and broadsides. Typesetting, printing, and binding are all done at the Press and there are opportunities for apprentices.
The lecture is free and open to the public.