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Jeff Peachey Workshop, 18th C French Bindding Structures, NYC

Please join the New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers for a workshop:

Apart from the French Revolution, one of the most exciting aspects of
late 18th C. French culture is the existence of two full-length
bookbinding manuals. This four-day workshop will focus on
reconstructing a typical full calf French structure of this time
period, by comparing and contrasting the descriptions in these manuals
and examining extant bindings.  In some respects, this structure is the
end of 1,200 years of utilitarian leather binding— 50 years later the
cloth case begins to predominate. Some of the interesting features of
this style include: sewing on thin double cords, edges trimmed with a
plough in-boards and colored, single or double core endbands, vellum
“comb” spine liners and sprinkled leather decoration. Reproductions of
18th C. French tools, constructed from plates in Diderot’s Encyclopedie, 1751-1780, will be available for experimentation.  Participants will
learn to use ad maintain a plough, and become fluent in translating
written descriptions of bookbinding into the construction of a model. 
Extensive notations (in English) on Gauffecourt’s Traite de la Relieure des Livres, 1763, and Dudin’s L’Art du Relieur-doreur de Livres, 1772, will be provided. Basic bookbinding skills are a prerequisite.

Jeffrey S. Peachey is the owner of a New York City-based studio for the
conservation of books, and the maker of conservation tools and
machines. He is a Professional Associate in the American Institute for
Conservation and Chair Emeritus of Conservators In Private Practice,
2008-9. For more than 15 years, he has specialized in the conservation
of books and paper artifacts for institutions and individuals. A
consultant to major libraries and university collections in the New
York City region and nationally, he has been the recipient of numerous
grants to support his work. A well-known teacher, Peachey also provides
conservation-focused guidance to students in art, archives, and
bookbinding programs.  

This is a 4 day workshop: Thurs., April 23rd – Sun. April 26th, 2009,
9-5 pm at the New York Academy of Medicine, 103rd Street and 5th Avenue
in New York City. The cost is $325 for Guild of Book Workers members
and $375 for non-members, plus $60 materials fee. To register or for
more info contact Erin Albritton at 212-822-7364 or ealbritton@xxxxxxxxx

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