Book Arts Center Hosts a Talk by Nicolas Barker

Expert on rare books, typography and early printing will speak on “Printing and the Mind of Man.”




5:00 pm


Hostetter Lecture Room (209), Stratton Hall

General Info

The Wells Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that Nicolas Barker will present “Printing and the Mind of Man: Fifty Years On,” the 36th Susan Garretson Swartzburg Book Arts Lecture, at 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 10th. The talk will take place in the Hostetter Lecture Room (209) of Stratton Hall on the Wells College Campus. This event is free, and all are welcome to attend. 

Nicolas Barker’s talk will focus on the important and enduring role of the 1963 catalog for the printing exhibits held in London by the International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades Exhibition. The catalog’s full name—"Catalogue of a display of printing mechanisms and printed materials arranged to illustrate the history of Western civilization and the means of the multiplication of literary texts since the 15th century, organised in connection with the eleventh International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades Exhibition, under the title Printing and the Mind of Man, assembled at the British Museum and at Earls Court, London, 16–27 July 1963"—is usually shortened to "Printing and the Mind of Man." Originally printed by Oxford University Press, the publication later developed into a book-length survey of printed materials and their historical role in spreading knowledge, developing Western civilization and impacting human thought over many years.

Mr. Barker was the first head of conservation at the British Library, and he has been editor of The Book Collector, the world’s only journal on book collecting, since 1965. He is the author of numerous books related to beautiful or rare book collecting, typographers and their type and early printers and their books.

This lecture is the 36th in a series named for Susan Garretson Swartzburg. Working closely with Wells faculty and staff, Swartzburg helped to organize the press, bindery and other components that became Wells’ Book Arts Center. She served on the Book Arts Board and established a biannual book arts lecture series in memory of her father, developing contacts, raising funds, organizing events and finding speakers. For more information, contact the Wells Book Arts Center at or phone 315-364-3420.

The above image is part of a poster produced for this event by the Wells College Book Arts Center.