Please join us at Emory University for this event, free and open to the public—
The Conservation of Dante’s 1477 La Commedia: an illustrated talk by Jeffrey S. Peachey
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
4:00pm Talk and Q&A
Robert W. Woodruff Library
540 Asbury Circle Atlanta, GA 30322
Registration available here: http://emorylib.info/peachey
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Ndpreservation posted a nice synopsis of my lecture about the conservation of Dante’s 1477 La Commedia. It was an interesting and time consuming treatment, involving both resewing and rebinding in an alum tawed goat conservation binding.
This treatment provided impetus for further investigation into the history of conservation binding, both the term and the practice. I will present an updated version of this lecture on November 7, 2018, 10:00 am, Jones Room, Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
I’ll also be teaching “The Conservation of Leather Bindings” that week at Emory. The application deadline is this Friday, September 14, 2018.
Synopsis of the Dante lecture from ndpreservation.
The Conservation of Dante’s 1477 La Commedia
Jeffrey S. Peachey, Independent Book Conservator, New York City
3:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Rare Books and Special Collections
102 Hesburgh Library
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
The conservation treatment of the Hesburgh Libraries’ important copy of Dante’s La Commedia (Venice: Vindelinus de Spira, 1477) will be detailed in this profusely illustrated lecture. Its deteriorated and damaging 20thcentury binding structure will be described, as will considerations and decisions leading to its resewing and rebinding in a historically sympathetic alum tawed goatskin conservation binding. Evidence uncovered during treatment, which suggests the Inferno and Purgatorio cantiche may have circulated separately at one point, will be explored. Differences between historic 15th century binding practices and modern conservation binding techniques will be highlighted, as will the sometimes problematic differences between historic and modern materials. An overview of aesthetic considerations for conservation rebinding will conclude the lecture. Bibliophiles, conservators, librarians, Italian scholars, and anyone curious about the physical structure of books will find this lecture of interest.
All are welcome to attend.