Lab Reports

Lab 9: BPL 18th and 19th Century Materials

In monthly installments that spanned from March 1852 to September 1853, Charles Dickens released the parts that would be joined to form the full story of Bleak House.  As we’ve spoken about the evolution of the novel, the serialized publication of books can be compared a lot to the way television […]

Lab 9

In this lab, I decided to focus on the two copies of The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare. Both the internal cover pages, displaying the title, were exactly the same, even though they were published years apart. Something that I found very interesting was the layout of the […]

Lab #10: The Museum of Print

This trip was easily one of the most fun and informative days I’ve had this semester. It was thrilling getting to use a piece of technology from the 1840’s to create printed work, and imagining myself in that role of a printing pioneer. That said, it was also a very good […]


Lab #10

Never before last Saturday’s field trip have I used the term “out of sorts” literally. I had anticipated a challenge in arranging my type (a challenge that I would not exactly succeed in in my first round of printing–but having a mirror image of one’s name is almost better for […]

Lab #9: BPL Visit

It was interesting to approach a very similar activity to the one we did in our first BPL visit but with an entirely different set of texts. Because I was more familiar with the texts chosen for this visit, I found myself engaging more with the materials, and was quickly […]

Lab #10: Museum of Printing

Composing and printing at the museum made me consider some logistics of a print shop that I hadn’t thought about before. I had a feeling that inking the type could be messy, but what I hadn’t considered was how meticulous printers must have been in order to keep their pages […]

Lab # 9 – BPL 19th and 20th Century Materials

I found the comparison between the Bay Psalm Book and Eliot’s Indian Bible to be particularly fascinating in this particular lab. Separated only by 23 years, these two religiously-based texts serve two very different purposes that reflect how the concept of the book was changing around this point in history. […]