July Workshop: Bookbinding According to Diderot

The New England Guild of Bookworkers, in collaboration with the Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services, presents the following workshop:


Bookbinding According to Diderot

Mid- to late-18th century France is marked by the appearance of descriptions of the art of bookbinding, giving for the first-time a thorough (if not always specific or accurate) description of the previously guarded trade secret. The style of the time was so prescriptive that the average binding is recognizable immediately: full brown calf, often sprinkled or with tree marbling, raised bands, panels tooled in gilt with centerpieces, corners, and stars, solid red or perhaps marbled blue edges, single core front bead endbands, French curl endpapers. Features less visible are the particular lacing patterns, parchment spine linings, and edges cut in boards.

In this busy two day workshop we will bind a text of a manual describing this 18th century style using the techniques set forth, thus replicating this distinguished style. Participants will get an in depth look at the contemporary sources and the bindings themselves, and come away with a thorough understanding of this notable binding style in the context of its time.

Instructor: Abigail Bainbridge
Abigail is a book conservator in London, UK. She teaches conservation science at Camberwell College of Arts and book conservation at West Dean College as well as running a private practice, Bainbridge Conservation, with her furniture conservator husband. She has been researching 18th century French binding since 2009 and is now working towards a PhD in the subject at the University of Sussex.

Location: Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH
Date: July 15 and 16, 2016 (Friday and Saturday), 9am-4pm
Price: $225 GBW members; $275 non-members
Limit 9 participants.

Prior bookbinding experience required

Register: https://gbw.formstack.com/forms/bookbindingdiderot
Please contact NEGBWprograms@gmail.com with any questions.

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