Discover Historic Bookbindings

RHS Lindley Library, 80 Vincent Square, London
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This event ended on Friday 26th of January 2018

£25/ £20 (spaces limited- advance tickets only)

Venue Information

The Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre
Vincent Square, SW1P 2PE

Nearest Stations

St. James's Park 0.22 miles


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This study session will be presented by Dr David Pearson and RHS Lindley Library staff. It will take a closer look at the history of bookbinding from the 16th to the 19th century and provide an opportunity to explore historic bindings from the Rare Book collection at the RHS Lindley Library. David was the Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries for the City of London until early 2017 and has worked in various major research libraries. He has written extensively on book history and bookbinding including Oxford Bookbinding 1500-1640 (2000) and English Bookbinding Styles 1450-1800 (2005).

From goat and pigskin, metal and parchment, to cloth and dust jackets, bookbindings have been used to protect text and images for thousands of years. Before books were mass produced in the 19th century they were often bound at a different time and in a different place to printing, giving each book a unique, hand-crafted binding. Bookbindings can reveal a lot about a book including the wealth of its owner and the significance of the text.

Image: Unbound album of c.19th-century Chinese artworks © RHS Libraries Collection

Please call 020 3176 5830 to book tickets and quote reference number 14880?.
Lines are open Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm.


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