[GBW] Symposium on Publishers' Bindings Feb. 22, NYC

Clare Manias cmanias at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 31 09:48:52 EST 2008



It is filling up, please let me know if you are planning to attend:



Guild
of Book Workers and Grolier Club Symposium:


 


THE
HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION


OF
NINETEENTH-CENTURY PUBLISHERS' BINDINGS


 


Friday,
February 22, 9:00-5:00


Grolier
Club, 47 East 60th Street


 


Registration:
$60, $50 for members of the Grolier Club and the GBW. To register, send a check
made out to the Guild of Book Workers to Clare Manias, GBW NY Chapter, 534
  Leonard Street, Brooklyn, NY
 11222. For more information
please contact cmanias at yahoo.com or call 212-851-5603. Places limited to 100.


 


Concurrent
with the upcoming exhibition The Proper Decoration of Book Covers: The Life and
Work of Alice C. Morse from the Collection of Mindell Dubansky, the Guild of
Book Workers will co-sponsor with the Grolier Club a one-day symposium
dedicated to the history, technology and conservation of nineteenth-Century
publishers' bindings.


Interest
in the publishers’ binding and its importance in the history of the book is
growing. Please join us as we hear from curators, conservators, artists and
historians about the history, design, construction and conservation of this
expanding area of interest. 


 


The
speakers and schedule is:


 


9:00-9:30 Coffee,
Registration and Introduction


 


9:30-10:00


Sue
Allen, the foremost historian of 19th-century American book covers will speak
on “The Thrill and Beauty of Nineteenth-Century Book Covers, 1830-1910.” She
will examine the materials, technology, and styles of publishers’ bindings from
this period.


 


10:00-10:30


Mindell
Dubansky, Preservation Librarian at the Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum
of Art, will discuss the career and designs of Alice C. Morse (1863-1961), a
prominent American (New York)
book-cover designer during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


 


10:30-10:45 Break


 


10:45-11:15 


Mike
Kelly, Curator of Books at the Fales Library and Special Collections at New
  York University,
will talk about how the development of decorative cloth bindings in the 19th
century enabled publishers to explore new ways of using packaging to sell books
in the era which the novel rose to cultural dominance.


 


11:15-11:45


Robert
J. Milevski, Preservation Librarian at the Princeton University Library, will
speak about the staff, methods and products of the Extra Bindery at Riverside
Press, part of Houghton Mifflin, from about 1880, until the 1910s or 1920s.


 


 


11:45-12:15


Richard
Minsky, book artist and founder of the Center for Book Arts, will speak on the
evolution of design on publishers' bindings from 1872 to 1929, and on how he
adapted the technique of textured gold, used for single-die stamping during
that period, for use in his own bindings.


 


12:15-1:45 Lunch


 


1:45-2:15 


Stuart Walker, Conservator for the Boston Public Library,
will speak on the career of Sarah Whitman, one of America's most important and
influential book designers and the principle designer for Houghton Mifflin in
the 1880's and 1890's.


 


2:15-2:45         


Todd
Pattison, Senior Book Conservator at the Northeast
 Document Conservation
 Center, will speak on “Why, What
and How? The Conservation of 19th Century Cloth Publishers' Bindings.” Pattison
will address the ethical issues and techniques which relate to the conservation
of 19th century books.


 


 


2:45-3:15 


Jessica
Lacher-Feldman, Project Manager of Publishers Binding Online, will educate
participants on the use and advantages of PBO, a resource which includes nearly
5,000 bindings and over 10,000 images of bindings in a fully searchable
database. She will demonstrate how collectors, artists, binders and
conservators can utilize PBO to their advantage.


 


3:15-3:30         Break


 


3:30-4:30         A
moderated panel discussion with all the presenters.


 


Additional
support provided by Talas: Professional Archival, Conservation, Restoration and
Bookbinding Supplies and Wert Bookbinding.






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