DepositA Digital Studio for the Optical and Chemical Analysis Of Manuscripts and Printed Books

We propose the creation of a digital studio for the optical and chemical analysis of manuscripts and printed books. In this Level II start-up project, we will capture images of a 1472 guide for priests written in Latin by a Florentine archbishop and printed in Strasbourg using moveable type. We will image selected pages from this book at specific frequencies in the ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared spectrum. We will also conduct spot-level densitometry and Raman spectroscopy on elements in this book. The resulting data from these images will then allow us to create a digital studio that will include interactive tutorials and demonstrations explaining the principles of optical and chemical analysis to students, scholars, and life-long learners in the humanities. This digital studio will also allow users to browse and compare the images and spectroscopic data to form their own understanding of the book’s production process and reception history.

MemberElizabeth Savage

Association of Print Scholars: Founding Jury Member, Grants Program (2017–2019)
Bibliographical Society: Member
International Council of Museums (ICOM): Member
Printing Historical Soci…
…2015 were as ‘Elizabeth Upper’.

Books & Exhibition Texts

2019: Early Colour Printing: German Renaissance Woodcuts at the British Museum (London: Paul Holberton Press in associa…

How did the earliest printing techniques in Europe shape visual communication at the end of the medieval era and the start of the modern, c.1450–1600?

  • Co-Director, Book and Print Initiative
  • Director, Printing Colour Project,
  • Convenor, London Rare Books School courses on historical printing techniques and illustrations