Session Chair, “The Print in the Codex ca. 1500 to 1900”

Date: 02.10.21
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: 109th Annual Conference, College Art Association, online

Bibliographical Society of America sponsored session,

College Art Association Annual Conference:

  • prerecorded presentations (accessible during conference);
  • live, online discussion (10 February, noon-12:30 pm).

This session considers books transformed through the incorporation of independently printed images. The session focuses on the production and reception of such books between the late fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. These books are investigated both as unique items and as exemplars of continually evolving creative and curatorial practices.

A theme running through the session is the challenge these works have posed when they have entered institutional collections: their intermedial nature has placed them at odds with the increasingly standardized and discrete organizational systems developed by public museums and libraries. A second theme is the opportunity these volumes have provided to those wishing to interpret the intimate interface between book, image and audience, whether for intellectual or practical purposes.


Larisa Grollemond, The J. Paul Getty Museum: “Reading Between the Lines: Passion Prints in a Hybrid Book of Hours, ca. 1480-1490”

Sarah C. Schaefer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: “Bibles Unbound: The Material Semantics of Nineteenth-Century Scriptural Illustration”

Silvia Massa, SMB-Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin: “Crossed Gazes: Prints in Books in Parma and Berlin”

Julie Park, New York University: “Making Paper Windows to the Past: Extra-Illustration as the Art of Writing”


Madeleine Viljoen, The New York Public Library