The Beauty of Letters: Text, Type, and Communication in the Eighteenth Century, University of Birmingham, 14-15 March 2015.
A two-day conference sponsored by the Baskerville Society, the Bibliographical Society, and the Centre for West Midlands History
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 a starting point to explore the production, distribution, consumption and reception, not only of letters, but also words, texts and images during the long eighteenth century (c. 1688-1820). This conference will consider how writing, printing, performance and portrayal contributed to the creation of cultural identity and taste, assisted the spread of knowledge and contributed to political, economic, social and cultural change in Britain and the wider world.
BOOKING IS NOW OPEN and tickets can be bought via the University of Birmingham on-line shop
DETAILS: More information and a full conference programme is available from The Typographic Hub.
£85.00 for two days: includes all lectures, refreshments, lunches, Jenny Uglow lecture, and Saturday evening buffet. £55.00 Saturday only: includes all lectures, refreshments & lunch on Saturday only, Jenny Uglow lecture, and Saturday evening buffet. £40.00 Sunday only: includes all lectures, refreshments & lunch on Sunday only
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS : Lynda Mugglestone, Jennny Uglow, Susan Whyman