California Rare Book School: “History of the Book in Hispanic America, 16th-19th Centuries,” Aug 10-15, 2015

History of the Book in Hispanic America, 16th-19th Centuries

California Rare Book School, Week 2: August 10-14, 2015

Faculty:Daniel J. Slive & David Szewczyk / Previous years taught: 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013

This course will present a comprehensive introduction to the history of the book in Hispanic America from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.  The focus will be on colonial period imprints, ca. 1539 through ca. 1830, produced throughout the region.  Topics will include the introduction and dissemination of the printing press; the elements of book production (paper, ink, type, illustrations, bindings); printers and publishers; authors and illustrators; audiences and market; monopolies; and censors, collectors, and libraries.  Additional selected subjects to be discussed include the art of the Spanish American book (including nineteenth-century lithography), modern private and institutional collectors, and reference sources.  The course will include first-hand examination of materials in class and field trips to UCLA Special Collections, the Huntington Library, and the Getty Research Institute to view additional rare Hispanic American resources.  Intended for special collections librarians, area studies bibliographers, institutional and private collectors, members of the trade, and scholars with an interest in the region, knowledge of Spanish is not necessary.


Daniel J. Slive

Daniel J. Slive is Head of Special Collections in the Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Previously, he has served in professional positions in the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego; UCLA Library’s Department of Special Collections; and the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island. From 2004-2007, he was an Associate in the Americana Department of the William Reese Company, a leading antiquarian firm specializing in the history of the Americas, Pacific Voyages, world travel, and natural history prior to 1900 as documented in books, manuscripts, and illustrated materials. In this position, he was primarily responsible for the cataloging and description of Latin Americana and European Americana as well as British North American and Caribbean imprints, particularly of the colonial period. He holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign; an M.A. in Ibero-American Studies (with an emphasis on colonial Latin America and Amerindian-Colonial relations) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and an A.B. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests in Latin Americana include colonial-era imprints, works printed in Amerindian Languages, and illustrated books published throughout the region in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries.

David Szewczyk

David Szewczyk, a full partner in The Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts Company, has been in the rare books and manuscripts business for more than 40 years and is a Past President of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Associations of America and has served on that association’s board of governors. He holds a B.A. from Temple University in History and Spanish, M.A. degrees from Indiana University in the same disciplines, and has done post-Master’s work at the University of Texas at Austin. He has held multiple Fulbright fellowships as well as a Ford Foundation scholarship, and was the Principal Investigator of a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to catalog colonial-era Mexican manuscripts. He worked for the Lilly Library and was the manuscripts curator at the Rosenbach Foundation (now the Rosenbach Museum & Library). Since 1968 he has made a continuing study of the history of printing and book distribution in the New World during the colonial period in the region.

California Rare Book School

California Rare Book School is a continuing education program dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills required by professionals working in all aspects of the rare book community, and for students interested in entering the field. Founded in 2005, CalRBS is a project of the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. CalRBS is supported by an informal consortium of many of the academic and research libraries and antiquarian booksellers of Southern California.

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