Illustrations in Rare Books and Prints in Western Europe: A Very Brief History

Event details

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 from 8:00pm - 9:30pm


Special Collections Presentation Space, Hatcher Library South

Event typeReception/Open House
SeriesSpecial Collections After Hours

Come and view a selection of early rare books and prints containing images printed with the technique of relief (woodcuts) and intaglio (copperplate engravings). To demonstrate the working of these illustration processes, our display will also include some historical woodblocks and copperplates. Drop by anytime during this open house, held in room 660 on the 6th floor of the Hatcher Library, to peruse these materials and enjoy light refreshments!

From the introduction of movable-type printing in Europe in the fifteenth century, images were often included along with the printed text, playing various roles in the transmission of culture and new ideas. While some illustrations were merely decorative, others became extraordinary landmarks in the history of religion and science.

Take advantage of our monthly Special Collections After Hours events to explore a sliver of the many books, documents, and artifacts in the Special Collections Research Center.


Detail from a double-page woodcut depicting the city of Venice. Liber chronicarum (Book of Chronicles),1493. 



Library contact

Pablo Alvarez ·

Library events are free and open to the public, and we are committed to making them accessible to attendees. If you anticipate needing accommodations to participate, please notify the listed contact with as much notice as possible.