Orléans: Summer Course (2015)

École d'été « Les incunables : de l’invention de Gutenberg à la révolution numérique »

Incunabula: from Gutenberg's Invention to the Digital Revolution

This summer course, organised by the Médiathèques d’Orléans in partnership with the Centre d’Études supérieures de la Renaissance de Tours and the Equipex Biblissima, was held in Orléans from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th July 2015.

The digitisation of the Catalogues Régionaux des Incunables (Regional Catalogues of Incunabula) of the Central-West region of France is undertaken by the CESR, at the initiative and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Communication, and as part of the Equipex Biblissima (partner project CRIICO, 2015).

Published before 1501, the first printed editions, known as incunabula, first captured the interest of booklovers, researchers, and librarians three centuries ago. Today, knowledge of the output from these first fifty years is more widespread as a result of national and international bibliographical research. An inventory of some 30,000 incunabular books has been compiled, representing around fifty million copies that circulated over a period of roughly fifty years. This summer school aims to increase the participants' awareness of the issues surrounding the description, cataloguing and digitisation of incunabula. It is intended to highlight the interest of a scientific approach, for example by focussing on the conditions in which they were produced and on their content, as well as by reconstructing their journey to the present day through the study of their bindings and marks of origin.


Tuesday 7th – Describing and Cataloguing Old Books

  • 8:45-9:15 - Welcoming address and introduction
  • 9:15-12:15 - How Books Were Produced in the 15th and 16th Centuries – Rémi Jimenes
  • 13:45-15:45 - Cataloguing Books, from Yesterday to Today – Christine Bénévent, Olivier Morand
  • 16:00-18:00 - Presentation of posters – Romuald Goudeseune

Wednesday 8th – Discovering Incunabula

  • 9:00-12:00 - A Short History of Incunabula, from Gutenberg to the First Day of the Year 1501… - Pierre Aquilon, Frédéric Barbier
  • 13:45-14:45 - Catalogues of Incunabula (ISTC, GW, CRI, CIBN…) - Pierre Aquilon
  • 15:00-18:00 - Digitising Catalogues of Incunabula and Defining Records: Presentation and Practical Work - CRIICO team

Thursday 9th – The Role of Digitisation

  • 9:00-12:45 - Digitisation – the Ideal Solution? - Catherine Angevelle, Florent Palluault
  • 14:15-16:30 - The Example of the “Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes” - Marie-Luce Demonet, Rémi Jimenes, Toshinori Uetani
  • 17:00-19:30 - Presentation of remarkable incunabula and practical work - Denis Bjaï, Marc-Edouard Gautier, Julie Sautel

Friday 10th – Characteristics of Editions and Sources

  • 9:00-13:00 - Bindings and Signs of Origin - Isabelle de Conihout, Monique Hulvey
  • 14:30-16:30 - Practical Work: Case Studies
  • 17:00-18:00 - A Classic Example of Previous Owners in the Centre Region – CRIICO team

Saturday 11th – From the Book to the Virtual Library

  • 9:00-10:30 - Reconstruction of Medieval and Renaissance Libraries - Hanno Wijsman
  • 10:45-12:30 - Some Special Cases: the Lauzières-Thémines Collection in Blois, the Collections from the Chezal-Benoist Convent in Bourges, the Library of the German Nation in Orléans - Pierre Aquilon, Bruno Guignard, Rémi Jimenes, Olivier Morand, Toshinori Uetani