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The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450 to 1800

Trinity College Dublin via FutureLearn


Discover how books were made, sold and read between 1450 and 1800

The early modern period was an exciting time for invention and innovation. On this course, you’ll explore book production using examples from Trinity College Dublin and the Edward Worth Library, Dublin.

You’ll discover how books were made, bound and illustrated, and will study rare treasures including the engravings of Anthony Van Dyck, and early editions of Aesop’s Fables.

You’ll also consider how books were read and how the invention of printing impacted on religion, medicine, science and politics.

This course is for anyone interested in bookselling, book history and book design.

This may include collectors, dealers, artists, or anyone with a passion for reading and learning.

This course uses a large number of images and image databases for learners to explore. We have included text descriptions for these images to make the course as accessible as possible.

Taught by

Silvia Gallagher

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    Maria Cecilia Lim

    Maria Cecilia Lim completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    A very interesting course for people who love books. Mostly covers the history of books, particularly printing including the marketing of books and how books were read and collected.
  • Millie B.

    Millie B. completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I really enjoyed this course. I don’t imagine you’d enjoy it if you don’t like books or information management, or history, but it’s great if you do!

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