A Conference on the Occasion of the Publication of Ina Kok, Woodcuts in Incunabula printed in the Low Countries.
Hes & De Graaf Publishers, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and the Dutch Book Historical Society (NBV) are organising a conference on 12 April 2013 on the occasion of the publication of the long awaited revised edition of Ina Kok’s widely admired and groundbreaking dissertation on the woodcut illustrations in incunabula printed in the Low Countries between.
Ina Kok’s standard reference work on woodcuts
Ina Kok, curator of City Archives and Athenaeum Library (SAB) Deventer, completed her Ph.D. on this subject in 1994. Even in its unpublished form and only available in a few copies, Kok’s dissertation acquired the status of a standard reference work. Partly thanks to City Archives and Athenaeum Library (SAB) it will now be published in an English edition by Hes & De Graaf Publishers, with illustrations of all the woodcuts used in Dutch incunabula, reworked, revised and much better accessible. This edition will be indispensable for incunabulists, book historians in general and historians of medieval and early Renaissance art in particular. The books in this period often appeared without date and by meticulously comparing damages in the woodcuts Kok for example has been able to date certain editions. Moreover, the work offers a magnificent overview of the imagery in the second half of the fifteenth century.
Presentation of Woodcuts in Incunabula printed in the Low Countries
At the start of the conference, the book Woodcuts in Incunabula printed in the Low Countries will officially be presented, after which an international selection of speakers will present the world of the early printed book, their cataloguing and digitisation, and of course the woodcuts they contain. Speakers are Paul Needham (Scheide Library, Princeton), Lotte Hellinga (British Library, London), Bettina Wagner (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München), John Goldfinch (British Library, London), Cristina Dondi (University of Oxford), Marieke van Delft (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), Truusje Goedings and Andrea van Leerdam (Utrecht University).
More details of the programme will be shortly available on the KB website..
A selection of woodcuts exhibited
On occasion of the conference an exhibition will be showed in the famous book room of Museum Meermanno | House of the Book. There will be a selection on view of the finest woodcuts and illustrations in books from the collections of the museum and the KB. The exhibition will be officially opened at the end of the conference and can also be viewed. At the museum there will also be the opportunity to enjoy a drink.
10.00-10.10Opening and welcome by Bas Savenije, Director General KB10.10-10.30Presentation of Ina Kok, Woodcuts in Incunabula printed in the Low Countries by Bas Hesselink, Hes & De Graaf PublishersChair: Jos Biemans (University of Amsterdam)10.30-11.15Keynote Paul Needham (Scheide Library, Princeton): Netherlandish blockbooks and hybrid blockbooks11.15-11.45Coffee/tea11.45-13.00Session I Bettina Wagner (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München): Illustrated incunabula online. Search facilities in the database of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München John Goldfinch (British Library, London): Illustration and the ISTC Marieke van Delft (KB, The Hague): Incunabula research and digitizing incunabula in the KB13.00-13.45LunchChair: Ad Leerintveld (KB, The Hague)13:45-15.00Session II Andrea van Leerdam (Utrecht University): Reusing images: what’s the use? Iconographic repetition as a ‘reading aid’ in German prints of St. Brendan’s voyage, ca 1476-1521 Truusje Goedings (Independent scholar): Incunabula in the Low Countries,their colours and colourists Cristina Dondi & Clementina Piazza (University of Oxford): Imagematching software to support the investigation of the circulation of illustration by re-using and copying15.00-15.45Keynote Lotte Hellinga (British Library, London): Woodcuts and miniatures: Low-Countries book-illustration in transition in the 1480s15.45-16.00Opening exhibition: Illustrated Incunabula from the Low Countries16.00To Museum Meermanno16.00-17.00Visit Illustrated Incunabula from the Low Countries and drinks### Registration
Date and time: Friday 12 april 2013, start 10.00 hr.
Location: Aula of Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague.
Conference fee: 25 euros, including coffee, lunch and drinks (10 euros for students and members of the NBV, please mark on your payment).
Registration: please register before 8 April by e-mailing to
, payments can be made to IBAN: NL92 INGB0005537064; BIC: INGBNL2A, Nederlandse Boekhistorische Vereniging. Please mark your payment with “Illustrating”.