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[BKARTS] 18th C French Bookbinding Workshop with Jeff Peachey, NYC

Please join the New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers for a workshop--there is 1 spot left:


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. $325 for 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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