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giovedì, giugno 28, 2012

The Pressbengel Project: Exploring German bookbinding traditions and more...: German Stiffened Paper Bindings - 2

 German Stiffened Paper Bindings - 2

That there was once the idea that books were functional items, not fetishized objects that should take as long as possible to make and should include many unnecessary features.

That "good enough" is sometimes an appropriate, and even a noble goal, not an abomination.

Karen Hanmer (4/26/2012)
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German Paper Bindings: Stiffened Paper Bindings « Work of the Hand:

German Paper Bindings: Stiffened Paper Bindings

The next paper binding that I’m going to share is by far the simplest structure that we’ve done. Rhodes (1995) describes these stiffened paper bindings as “beefed-up wrappers with thin board or thick paper supports” (p. 58). While they appear very similar to the typical modern, adhesive-bound trade paperback, these books are much more durable. Cloonan (1991) states that this structure was typically used to bind up issues of periodicals (p. 8), and in fact the example in the school’s collection is a gathering of German pharmaceutical journals from 1804.

Textblocks of this variety are often sewn unto supports, such as cord or vellum slips  (Frost, 1982, p. 64) - the latter variety contributing greatly to the overall strength of the structure. I made my models based on the example in our collection – sewing the textblock on two thick vellum slips in the same somewhat erratic abbreviated pattern.

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martedì, giugno 26, 2012

[PAC-LIST] Just released: International Preservation News n°56 - Digitization and Preservation of Newspaper Collections -

The latest issue of International Preservation News has just been released. It is dedicated to"Digitization and Preservation of Newspaper Collections". It is available on PAC web page.

Clickhere  to download it.

[New post] Rare Book School’s Jacques Ploschek Bindery Collection and Leo Sewing Support Clamps -

Rare Book School’s Jacques Ploschek Bindery Collection and Leo Sewing Support Clamps

by Jeff Peachey
If all printed information the world were somehow destroyed, but Rare Book School's (RBS) collection of books, illustrations, material samples, ephemera, tools and equipment somehow spared, could our bibliographic heritage be reconstructed? Would it matter? Without any artifacts to study, would these obsolete technologies have any bearing in future organization and dissemination of information? What [...]

lunedì, giugno 25, 2012

Study Tour in Rome « Current Projects

Study Tour in Rome « Current Projects:


Each year most of the conservation departments at West Dean have a study tour, and this time the Books students went to Rome! It was my first time in Italy—we had pizza and gelato and went to the Biblioteca Nazionale, ICCROM, and the Lincei Library, and walked until our feet wanted to fall off.
First, the Biblioteca Nazionale, which has one conservation lab to care for both its general and special collections:
One of the conservators was working on rebinding this set of tiny books (above; one of the ones that didn’t need rebinding is visible below), which had been resewn on new cords and what looked like a laminate of two layers of museum board for the boards. One displayed this interesting selective discoloration on the front flyleaf (below), which wasn’t obviously explained by anything nearby, particularly given the bookplates and library labels on the pastedown that spanned both the colored and discolored area.
Did you notice the blocks of marble and travertine that they use for weights? It must be readily available in Italy—I didn’t see a single metal weight (ours in England and at home in the US are usually lead or iron, sometimes brick, wrapped in cloth).
We spent a long time looking at a manuscript they had to disbind to treat the components (wooden boards, metal furniture, parchment leaves) separately before getting it all back together. They explained that they prefer not to be so interventive but in this case, like for the books above, it was unavoidable. It was nice for us to see the evidence of various rebindings and refurbishings the manuscript had already been through, and to talk through the logistics of such a large project.
ICCROM in the rain: the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (never did understand how that got abbreviated to ICCROM) is an interesting organization; it’s an intergovernmental organization founded by UNESCO and runs training courses, maintains this library and research center in Rome, and generally attempts to contribute to the field and advocate for us out in the world. Even though the site is in Italy, the official languages are French and English. We could hear a huge thunderstorm outside as we learned how to use the catalog and got an overview of the library collections and a presentation about the organization and its goals and activities.
My photos from the Lincei library are all of the collection, which we saw before the conservation lab and before my camera’s SD card started acting up. The library’s site does a better job than I’ll ever do of describing the collection, so I’ll leave it to you to get all the details straight from the horse’s mouth, but briefly: the Accademia dei Lincei—the Lyncean Academy—was founded in 1603 by Federico Cesi (you can read more about him & the Accademia here as well); Galileo joined in 1611. The Accademia collected and published books and amassed an important collection in all of the classical subjects. The library was donated to the people of Rome and the collection is publicly accessible in person as well as in several online digitization projects.
Above: the stunning reading room. Much of the older collection is on open display in a series of rooms with ornate ceiling decoration, with the books behind glass- or wire-paneled doors, and are preserved in the same format since the library was established in this building.
Despite understanding intellectually the differences in regional binding styles, it’s always interesting to actually see it displayed. In Italy there were a lot of paper binding: block-printed (above middle, the patterned books), marbled (above right, middle blue/black book), and paste (below, blue book) papers. There were a lot of French-style calf bindings (below, the brown ones with gold), and the full parchment bindings were often quite thin skins.
I hope the library will forgive me documenting the more damaged books, but these are sometimes the most interesting for us: losses in the covering let us see the skeleton of the structure, as in these parchment bindings above that were attacked by pests, or this calf binding below that lost the leather at the head from use. The area just under the headbands often reveals the original edge coloring, unaffected by light and dirt, and in this case it shows how the threads were worked in groups of three (see where the three pink threads get tied down over the spine)—that would normally be covered up by the leather.
My favorite unexpected find (because I’m currently researching this style of binding) was a full set of Diderot’s Encyclopédie, with a contemporary binding: sprinkled calf with red goat title pieces, red edges and a green bookmark.
We had time for some adventures on our own, too. Here’s Alex peacefully photographing sculptures in the Capitoline Museum, before a bunch of other tourists cottoned on to the idea:
There was a great exhibition of books and manuscripts from the Vatican Secret Archives, but no photos allowed.
The Instituto Nazionale per la Grafica had a stellar show of Tiepolo etchings, and a few Piranesi, some of which were matched up with their copper plates! Apparently the institute bought a lot of Piranesi plates some time ago and have been working on restoring and possibly reprinting them? There was a video about it in the gallery, but only touched the surface of what they were doing. (Below left, presses in the lobby of the gallery; below right, the two Piranesi etchings and their plates.)


Workshop on washing and drying paper

Workshop on washing and drying paper

The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers presents:

"Washing and Drying Paper:  Single Sheets and Textblocks"
A Workshop with Renate Mesmer
Werner Gundersheimer Conservation Lab
Folger Shakespeare Library
July 14-15, 2012
9 am - 5pm

Workshop Fee:   $200 (GBW members)/ $250 (non-members)

There are many reasons why conservators wash paper:   to remove dirt
and adhesives, relax and flatten, reduce stains, and wash away acids
and other degradation products.  This two day, hands-on workshop
will emphasize the practical aspects of washing and drying both
single sheets and bound textblocks.  A variety of washing techniques
will be covered, including blotter, float, slant-board, and full
immersion of single sheets and bound items.  We will explore which
techniques are best suited to accomplishing various treatment goals,
discuss the pros and cons of different washing solutions and examine
a number of drying methods.  Although sample objects will be
provided, participants are encouraged to bring (expendable) items of
their own for treatment as well as photographs of problem cases to


   Renate Mesmer is the Head Conservator at the Folger Shakespeare
   Library in Washington, DC, and the former Head of the Book and
   Paper Program at Centro del bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland.
   She has a Masters degree in bookbinding from the Chamber of
   Crafts of Palatinate and gained experience in conservation
   during ten years of work as head of the conservation department
   at the Speyer State Archives in Germany

To reserve a spot in this workshop, please RSVP to
gbwpotomacchapter [at] gmail__com

Previous experience with aqueous treatment is required.

[Course on parchment

Course on parchment

Understanding Parchment Manuscripts and the Book Archaeology
17-18 Nov, 2012

Archaeological approach to manuscripts has become an important
matter during conservation treatments, especially when we are
dealing with parchment codices and historical bookbindings full of
macroscopic evidences sometimes described as deterioration.

Production and reception marks are valuable contribution to build
documents uniqueness, to complement manuscripts studies and to
promote future disclosures and material preservation.

Lecturer: Ines Correia

   In 1996 Ines Correia begun to work with paper and book
   conservation, first at the Lisbon National Library and the
   National Archive of Torre do Tombo. As conservator, developed
   several technical approaches, researches and practice with
   Incunabula, prints, paper and parchment manuscripts and
   historical bookbinding. She has been also responsible for
   specific training on preservation and conservation since 1999.
   In 1997 and 2001 Ines Correia was sponsored by the Portuguese
   Orient Foundation to make survey, research and training in
   preservation in Goa, India. In 2002 she had contacted with the
   Fez and Rabat librarians (Morocco) and attended to survey major
   problems about documents decay in order to elaborate a
   preservation priority plan; in 2007 integrated a working group
   to project a Conservation-Lab to serve Abu Dhabi Archives and
   participated in the Spring campaign to manuscript conservation
   in a Coptic Monastery (Egypt), supported by The Levantine
   Foundation. Since 2008, usually integrates conservation networks
   as technical consultant of Medieval Codex research and recovery.

At the present time, is PhD Researcher and Senior Book Conservator
from the Conservation Department at The National Archive - Torre do

The courses fee is 220.00 Euros plus 10% VAT. Accommodation for one
night in the Renaissance building is included. The rooms are
equipped with a bathroom and toilet. A kitchen can be used to
prepare own meals, a supermarket is across the street. The school
can be reached from the rooms via a corridor, rooms and school are
in one building.

Participants: Paper/parchment/book conservators, graduated students
or medieval manuscripts researchers. Number of participants is
limited to 8. Registration:>

Seminar on documenting parchment degradation and multispectral imaging" [Consdistlist] Inst. 26:5

Seminar on documenting parchment degradation and multispectral

Digital Classicist and Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2012

"Cultural Heritage Destruction: Documenting Parchment Degradation
   via Multispectral Imaging"
Room G37
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
Friday June 22

Alejandro Giacometti, Lindsay MacDonald (UCL) and Alberto Campagnolo
(University of the Arts) "Cultural Heritage Destruction: Documenting
Parchment Degradation via Multispectral Imaging".

All welcome

In this seminar we describe the methodology and present preliminary
results of a project using multispectral imaging to document the
deterioration of parchment. A series of treatments has been applied
to degrade samples from a deaccessioned manuscript using both
physical and chemical agents. Each sample has been photographed
before and after the treatment by a multispectral imaging system to
record the effect of the treatments on both the writing and the
parchment. We present the initial imaging of the samples, details on
their treatment agents and how they affect the writing and
parchment, the final imaging, and some image processing analysis.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact gabriel.bodard [at] kcl__ac__uk,
stuart.dunn [at] kcl__ac__uk, s.mahony [at] ucl__ac__uk, or>

New database--Folger Bindings Image Collection

The Folger Shakespeare Library is pleased to announce public access
to a new database of digital images: the Folger Bindings Image
Collection, now accessible as an additional resource at>, or via direct link>

About this database: The Folger Bindings Image Collection provides
access to high resolution images and descriptions of bindings from
the rare book and manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare
Library. Bindings are chosen from the collection for photography and
description not only because of decorative tooling but also for
their physical features as functional objects and cultural
artifacts. Recording information about binding structure and
decoration can reveal items where the same or similar tools may have
been used at different times by different binders or binding
workshops. Uncovering such similarities can also help link multiple
bindings to individual owners, collectors, binders, or
workshops--even in cases where a binder may be as yet
unidentified--as well as to specific geographical regions or time

Included among the over 3,000 images depicting over 1,000 bindings
are descriptions and depictions of:

   Bindings in our collection of incunabula, including for instance
   this 15th century German half-leather and wood board binding on
   a 1481 Nuremberg edition of Platina's Vitae pontificum

   Bindings by specific people or workshops, for instance by the
   18th century English bookbinder Roger Payne:>

   A newly-identified group of bindings referred to here as by the
   "Tulip Spine Binder, ca. 1670>

   Gauffered fore-edges>

   Painted fore-edges>

   Identified and unidentified armorial bindings>

Most of the records in this database represent new bindings research
and photography created by Folger Rare Bindings Specialist and
former Head of Conservation J. Franklin Mowery, with the assistance
of Bindings Database Intern Rachel Bartgis. Some of the contents of
the database were imported from past projects, including:

   A 1992 exhibition catalog Fine and Historic Bookbindings from
   the Folger Shakespeare Library, by Frederick A. Bearman, Nati H.
   Krivatsy, J. Franklin Mowery; photographs by Julie Ainsworth>

   A previously-unpublished guide to The Bindings of Edward Gwynn
   in the Folger Shakespeare Library, by J. Franklin Mowery

   Previously-unpublished conservation documentation and
   photography of Shakespeare First Folio bindings in the Folger
   Library, by J. Franklin Mowery.

Continuing work: Work on the Folger Bindings Collection continues,
focused on:

   Revision of existing entries; upgrading existing image files

   Addition of information and images for newly-researched

   Continued addition of terms from the RBMS controlled vocabulary,
   Binding Terms: A Thesaurus for Use in Rare Book and Special
   Collections Cataloging>:

   Updating vocabulary lists:>>

   Additional links to other resources>

Corrections, additions, and questions would be welcome.

Please email fmowery [at] folger__edu or bindingshelp [at] folger__edu

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