“Heavy Metals and 19th-Century Euro-American Bookcloth Manufacture” Lecture

The ICON Book and Paper Group invites you to attend the 2022 Annual Frederick Bearman Research Grant Lecture: “New Perspectives on Old Material: Heavy Metals and 19th-Century Euro-American Bookcloth Manufacture” by Dr. Melissa Tedone. This free virtual event is scheduled for 7:30–9 p.m. GMT+1. To learn more and register, click here. Please direct any questions to Victoria Haddock, Special Projects Officer for the ICON Book & Paper Group, at spo.iconbpg@gmail.com.

Dr. Melissa Tedone holds a dual appointment as Associate Conservator/Lab Head for Book and Library Materials Conservation at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, and Affiliated Associate Professor in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC). She earned her PhD in Slavic literary history from Yale University, and her MSIS/CAS in Library and Archives Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her lecture will focus on the aspects of the ongoing Poison Book Project at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and the research that the FBRG enabled. The Poison Book Project began in 2019 and intends to investigate the use of hazardous arsenical compounds in the production of commercial bookcloth used in bookbinding in the nineteenth century.