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Decorative American Bookbin

"Nineteenth-Century Treasures in the Bookstacks:  A history and =
appreciation of decorative American bookbindings, 1830-1910"

An illustrated slide lecture by Sue Allen, book arts historian, sponsored =
by the Ohio Preservation Council and the State Library of Ohio.

Friday, September 18, 1998
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
OCLC Auditorium
Columbus, Ohio

Synopsis of the Program:

The book we can see (bookcloth, endpapers, headbands, signed bindings)
The sources of our information (brasses, city directories, advertisements,=
 book reviews, trade journals)
Case histories (Benjamin Bradley, binder; John Feely, engraver; Orange =
Judd, publisher; Sarah Whitman, designer; Global connections:  crepe =
The role of preservation (books at risk; saving the evidence)

Who should attend:

Librarians, curators, conservators, preservation staff, and book arts =
Any institution with book collections from the 19th century will benefit.
Membership in the Ohio Preservation Council is not required.

About the speaker:

Sue Allen is recognized as the foremost authority on 19th-century book =
covers.  Her research, lectures, writings, and exhibitions guide =
librarians and conservators in the selective preservation of English and =
American bindings of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Her greatest interest is in the rapid changes of cover styles that arose =
when cotton cloth replaced leather as a covering material for American =
books in 1830.  She has written on gold-stamped covers, 1834-60, the =
history of patterned endpapers, and the work of a prolific New York City =
book stamp engraver.  She has taught since 1983 at Columbia's, now the =
University of Virginia's, Rare Book School.  Her forthcoming book is =
titled "Gold on Cloth:  American Book Covers, 1830-1910."  Her talk will =
be illustrated with magnificent slides.  Ms. Allen's acclaimed class at =
Rare Book School is "Publisher's Bookbindings, 1830-1910."

For more information about the lecture or about membership in the Ohio =
Preservation Council, please contact:

Clara Ireland
Preservation Consultant
State Library of Ohio

OCLC is located at:
6565 Frantz Road
Dublin, OH  43017-0702

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