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B-80. The Description of Bookbindings

Jan Storm van Leeuwen

Intended for catalog librarians, antiquarian booksellers, book collectors, and others who wish to write concise and accurate descriptions of bookbindings, the course will concentrate on bindings produced between the late 15th century and the late 19th century, and it will deal with both bespoke and publishers bindings. The description of elaborate presentation and bibliophile bindings will be covered, but the description of non-splendid bindings will not be neglected. Topics include: the materials used in bookbindings; structural and decorative techniques; the description of binding styles; and the relevant literature.

The course is restricted to those who either already have taken Jan Storm van Leeuwens RBS course B-10 Introduction to the History of Bookbinding or who in their personal statements demonstrate that they have an equivalent knowledge and background in the field.

The 2009 November course will be held at the Grolier Club in New York City.

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Jan Storm van Leeuwen teaches this course for the first time.