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"interpreting daVinci"



The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers has mounted its recent
exhibition, "Interpreting daVinci".

This endeavor was began in 1995.  Cita Sullivan of Snails Pace Press
volunteered to print a limited edition of John Paul Richer's 1883
translation along with the original Italian copy of daVinci's notebooks,
specifically msH1 "Studies on the life and Habits of Animals", and msCA
"Fables and Jests".   Each copy of this edition was to be bound and then
displayed in a non-juried exhibition.  The Chapter commissioned a richly
textured and colored paper from Edward "Ted" Snider of Cranberry Mills.
 Eighteen point Goudy Thirty typeface with ornate 60 point Dutch Initials
was chosen to compliment daVinci's style of writing.

The bindings have produced another interpretation of the book.  Some have
been inspired by the text and have illustrated portions of the stories.
 Others have been inspired by the visual elements of the printed page.  And
finally others have been treated independently as though the binder was
working with a blank canvas.  The work produced successfully displays
creativity, variety and craftsmanship.

The exhibition continues until the end of the Month at "The Top of the World
Trade Center" in Baltimore, MD and will enjoy a second venue by
participating with Pyramid Atlantic's event at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
in Washington, DC on November 22 & 23, 1997.

The Potomac Chapter with the support of the Guild of Bookworkers has
produced an exhibition catalog.

Any inquiries can be directed to the Conservation Lab at the Folger
Shakespeare Library;  phone -  (202) 675-0332;  fax - (202)675-0317;  201
East Capitol St., S. E.;  Washington, DC 20003

Linda A. Blaser
Senior Book Conservator
The Folger Shakespeare Library
blaser@folger.edu


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