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[BKARTS] New England Lecture and Seminar



The New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers invites you to a two part program with Dr. John Sharpe to be held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  The lecture, on December 12, 2003, is free and open to the public.  Registration and a $125 fee is required for the hands-on seminar to be held the following day.  Please read on for more information.

Lecture and Seminar:
The Development of the Early Codex 
with Dr. John L. Sharpe 
Harvard, University 
Cambridge, MA 
12, 13 December 2003

The New England Chapter is very pleased to announce a two part program on the history and development of the early codex with Dr. John Sharpe, one of the foremost authorities on early book materials and structures.

In 1980 Dr. Sharpe commenced a study of Coptic bindings, and this continued in the form of a survey of all binding materials that have survived from before the end of the first millennium of the Common Era.  He has been preparing a revision of Theodore Petersen's Catalogue of Coptic Bindings in the Morgan Library.  These Coptic bindings include the Hamouli collection, one of the largest groups of early Coptic bindings ever recovered.  The Catalogue, augmented by Dr. Sharpe with an examination of the important findings since Petersen concluded his work in the 1950's, will present the preserved witness to how the book was made when the codex finally supplanted the roll as the accepted format for publication.

On the evening of Friday, December 12th, at 7pm in the Langdell North classroom at Harvard University, Dr. Sharpe will present a lecture on this subject. He will discuss the Coptic binding evidence and the ramifications and theories that these binding materials prompt. This lecture will act as an introduction to the Saturday seminar.  This lecture is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, December 13th, from 9-5 in the Lamont Forum Room at Harvard University, Dr, Sharpe will hold a seminar on the transition from Coptic binding styles to Byzantine, Islamic and Ethiopic binding styles.  This seminar will involve the examination of relevant materials and bindings from the Houghton Library's collection.  It will act as a kind of practicum to the lecture's introduction and theory.  The fee for participation in the seminar is $125.  Space is limited.

Dr. Sharpe studied at Wofford College, Duke University, St. Andrews University (Scotland), Friederich Alexander University (Erlangen, Germany), and Cambridge University.  He spent one year as visiting scholar at Oxford University.  He was curator of Rare Books at Duke University, and later, Academic Librarian for Research Affairs.  He spent years researching in Patmos at the library of the Monastery of St. John, examining and recording those codices with Byzantine bindings.  Dr. Sharpe co-edited and contributed to Roger Powell: The Compleat Binder.  He retired from Duke in January 1998, and since then has been working as a researcher, writer, consultant and appraiser of books and manuscripts with his own company: CPRM, Inc.--Cultural Properties and Resources Management, Inc.

If you would like to register for the seminar send a check for $125, made out to the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, to Barry Spence, Events Chair, 3 Masonic Ave, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.

If you have questions about either of these events, please contact Barry at bspence@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, or 413-625-2980.

A map showing the location of  the Langdell North Classroom at the Harvard Law Library is available on the New England Chapter website:  http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/gbw/chapters/newengland/index.shtml.

General directions to the law library may be found on their website at http://www.law.harvard.edu.

Directions to Lamont Library at Harvard University: http://hcl.harvard.edu/lamont/about/directn.html.

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