The MA/MRes Masters Courses in the History of the Book are organised by the Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Study) at London University. They provide an unrivalled base for the study of a subject that has been the focus of increasing scholarly attention over the past thirty years. Originally considering mainly physical aspects of the book and the details of its manufacture and trade, scholars have come to see the study of the book as an aid to understanding literary texts and as a focus for insight into social, cultural and intellectual processes in history.The history of the book is thus a subject which encompasses the history of literate western culture. Its focus includes not only books, but also newspapers, magazines, chapbooks and broadsides. Because the book did not begin with the invention of printing, the course will also consider the manuscript period before print. Courses on the MA/MRes can be interchanged with courses from the London Rare Books School and talks are in progress with the ABA for selected students to participate in internship schemes with ABA booksellers. For full details, visit the website at www.ies.sas.ac.uk.