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The value of historic bookbindings: a St Andrews perspective

Description
St Andrews has a wealth of bookbindings of all kinds and periods among its historic holdings. Bindings have traditionally been noticed, or studied, if they are objects of taste and luxury, but book historians should see that they have much wider value. At a time when we are increasingly interested in the ways books were owned, read and regarded, we need to look at bindings as part of the whole story that any book can individually and uniquely tell. This talk will explore the historical value of bindings from various angles, illustrated with examples from the St Andrews collections.
Presenter
David Pearson
Type
Talk
Open to
All staff and students, Public
Date
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Time
5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Where
Parliament Hall
Contact
Gabriel Sewell
Email
speccoll@st-andrews.ac.uk
More info

David Pearson was Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries for the City of London Corporation and previously worked in various major academic and research libraries. His books include Provenance Research in Book History (1994), English Bookbinding Styles (2005) and Books as History (2008). He is a Past-President of the Bibliographical Society. Refreshments will be served at the talk.

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