Friday, September 23, 2011

Edward Gibbon and the Age of Quarto

We just received word of a show at Queens University in Ontario on now until December entitled Edward Gibbon and the Age of Quarto.

From wikipedia: Edward Gibbon (27 April 1737[notes 1]  – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open denigration of organized religion. source

Quarto (abbreviated 4to or ) is a book or pamphlet produced from full 'blanksheets', each of which is printed with eight pages of text, four to a side, then folded two times to produce four leaves (that is, eight book pages). Each printed page now presents as one-fourth size of the full blanksheet.

The earliest known European printed book is a quarto, the Sibyllenbuch, believed to have been printed by Gutenberg in 1452–53, before the Gutenberg Bible, surviving only as a fragment. Quarto is also used as a general description of size of books that are about 12 inches tall, and as such does not necessarily indicate the actual printing format of the books, which may even be unknown as is the case for many modern books. source

W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library
Douglas Library, Level 6/floor 2
also exhibiting one case at Stauffer Library, ground floor
University Avenue at Union Street
Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario

September 21 - December 2, 2011
9am-9pm Monday - Thursday
9am-5pm Friday
1-5pm Saturday - Sunday
(closed October 8 & 10)
Tel: 613-533-2584

Thanks Chester!

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