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Bookbinding Exhibition Reception

On September 11, the InsideOUT Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books exhibit went up at the Houghton Library in Harvard. The show displays fifty nine bindings of private press books. Nine private presses are represented in the show, and examples of the printing are displayed alongside the bindings which house them.

This show is a unique demonstration of the close relationship held between hand bookbinders and private press, and though I personally have not had the opportunity to see it, I have heard wonderful reviews of the show.

There is a reception for the exhibit November 4 from 5:30-7:30 at the Houghton Library in the Edison and Newman Room. Several local binders are sure to show, as am I! Come view the beautiful works on display in the InsideOUT exhibit, and talk with your fellow Bostonian book lovers!

Even if you don’t manage to make the reception, the show will be open until December 13, so you haven’t missed your chance to see these pieces of craftsmanship and art.

update posted by Lauren Schott 1 year, 9 months ago

A New UK Bookbinding Exhibit

With many of his published texts lining my shelves both at home and at work, I consider Bernard C Middleton an amazing role model for bookbinders and conservators alike. His “Restoration of Leather Bindings” alone has coached me through more than one seemingly impossible repair, and his “History of English Craft Bookbinding” is a perfect reference to delve into for a deep history of bookbinding from the perspective of a craftsman.

Middleton spent much of his career conserving books at the British Library after having trained at the Central School of Art and Design. He also spent much time at Zaehndorf’s Bindery, doing design bindings and commissions. A large collection of these bindings have been collected together for the first time to honor Middleton’s 90th birthday this year.

Yesterday marked the opening of the Bernard Middleton Retrospective, held at St. Bride Library off Fleet Street in London. The exhibit ends 14 November, 2014.

Having seen a handful of Middleton’s bindings in person and a great many more in photograph, I know his work to be both visually striking and exceptionally executed. The strength of his work is no surprise considering the longevity of his career and passion for precision in all that he does. Visitors to St. Bride will experience an outstanding display of skill and taste.

If only I were in London.

If you\’re a Rare Book School student or teacher in the UK, I encourage you to go to this exhibit! Take photos and post in the comment about what you thought! I\’d love to hear about it!

update posted by Lauren Schott 1 year, 10 months ago

A New UK Bookbinding Exhibit

With many of his published texts lining my shelves both at home and at work, I consider Bernard C Middleton an amazing role model for bookbinders and conservators alike. His “Restoration of Leather Bindings” alone has coached me through more than one seemingly impossible repair, and his “History of English Craft Bookbinding” is a perfect reference to delve into for a deep history of bookbinding from the perspective of a craftsman.

Middleton spent much of his career conserving books at the British Library after having trained at the Central School of Art and Design. He also spent much time at Zaehndorf’s Bindery, doing design bindings and commissions. A large collection of these bindings have been collected together for the first time to honor Middleton’s 90th birthday this year.

Yesterday marked the opening of the Bernard Middleton Retrospective, held at St. Bride Library off Fleet Street in London. The exhibit ends 14 November, 2014.

Having seen a handful of Middleton’s bindings in person and a great many more in photograph, I know his work to be both visually striking and exceptionally executed. The strength of his work is no surprise considering the longevity of his career and passion for precision in all that he does. Visitors to St. Bride will experience an outstanding display of skill and taste.

If only I were in London.

If you’re a Rare Book School student or teacher in the UK, I encourage you to go to this exhibit! Take photos and post in the comment about what you thought! I’d love to hear about it!

update posted by Lauren Schott 1 year, 10 months ago

Announcing New Group and Forum: “Tools of the Trade”

Attention, RBS Connect users!  Deborah J. Leslie, RBS instructor for our courses in rare book cataloging, has just created a group and group forum called “Tools of the Trade.”  The purpose of the group is to discuss the tools we use to study rare books.  (The first forum post is on the CeeLite light panel, for instance.)  Have a question about using the Hinman collator?  Quiz the group!  Need advice on purchasing loupes?  See what other members use.  This is a great opportunity for bibliographers, catalogers, dealers and other rare book enthusiasts to trade tips and reviews on the equipment they use for their investigations.

 

update posted by Stephanie Kingsley 2 years ago

Continuing Education

As a conservator always interested in both career development and knowledge for knowledge’s sake, I’m always excited to hear about new venues for learning about my favorite aspect of books—book structures. If you’re reading this, you came to RBS for good reason, so my guess is that you’re excited about it too!

Ligatus Summer School has recently announced its 2014 summer classes and opened applications. This year, courses will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia and are hosted by the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia. (Courses will be taught in English.)

This year’s courses will be:

September 22-26
The History of European Bookbinding, 1450-1830

September 29-October 3
Identifying and Recording Bookbinding Structures of the Eastern Mediterranean

October 6-10
Byzantine Bookbindbing, a Practical Workshop

For more information and to apply, please see: http://www.ligatus.org.uk/summerschool/

update posted by Lauren Schott 2 years, 2 months ago

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