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|  Dunedin Australasian Rare Books School  | |  John Holmes  |

            he Centre for the Book, based in   Edinburgh), an Albion (Hopkinson & Cope
            the University of Otago in Dunedin,   London c 1845) and a Vandercook No
       Thosts the Australasian Rare Book     4. The type is a miscellaneous collection
       School every four years. This year it took   gathered from old print shops in Dunedin
       place from 30 January to 3 February,   as well as new type from M&H in San
       and one of the papers off ered was     Francisco and also The Printing Museum
       Understanding Incunabula, which I co-  in Wellington. There were seven students
       taught with Dr Claire Bolton from     in the class and they found the conditions

                                William Caxton Indulgence
       England / Western Australia. Both     in the press-room rather cramped but they
       Claire and I have been members of the   co-operated with each other and set their
       British Printing Society for over 40 years   chosen texts. Claire’s husband, David, who
       but more recently Claire has studied   is an accomplished letterpress printer,
       the methods used to print incunables.   was a great help especially when it came to
       Material from her PhD study on The    setting the eighth chase. Each student set
       Fifteenth-Century Printing Practices   their text in an 8x5 Adana chase and four
       of Johann Zainer, Ulm, 1473–1478      of these fi tted into a wooden forme that I
       was published jointly by the Oxford   had made so we could easily position the
       Bibliographical Society and the Printing   four chases on the Albion (and also the
       Historical Society in 2016.           Vandercook).
         During the course the students were      The texts were chosen to represent some
       encouraged to use catalogues and digital   of the earliest printing carried out in
       resources to get information about early   New Zealand. However the fi rst page was
       printed books, examine incunabula at   part of an Indulgence printed by William
       the University of Otago Library as well as   Caxton in 1480, which was found in the
       online, and learn about the importance of   binding of an incunable in the University
       the material evidence which an individual   of Otago Library by Dr Christopher de
       copy can preserve. The practical nature of   Hamel. Fortunately there is a small font
       this course involved students hand-setting   of Double English Black letter, probably
       type to jointly produce an eight page   produced in the nineteenth century by
       booklet on a hand press. The Otakou Press   a London typefounder but the design is
       at the University of Otago has a Colombian   fairly similar to the original face used by
       Press (made by Thomas Long in         Caxton. This was the obvious choice for
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