Mapping the Page in Early Modern Print

Scientific meeting

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Begins on: Thursday 2 April 2020.
Ends on: Saturday 4 April 2020.
Location: Philadelphia
The purpose of this session is to investigate the topographies, geographies, and spaces of the early modern page. Early modern printers were mapmakers of sorts; from books to broadsides, their design choices influence ways that readers travel across the page. The topography of the page appears on a micro-level: grooves of type bite into soft fibers of the paper, creating indentations and leaving ink marks. Impressed lines of woodcuts create micro-hills and valleys on the page. On a macro level, the verbal text, images, printer’s flowers, lines, white space, varying typography, and lines of type to guide the reader through the text.
Related keywords: history of printing, layout and design