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The Clarkson Slide Archive crowdfunding appeal

We are happy to announce that our crowdfunding appeal had raised over £11,000. The money will be used to employ a project assistant in Oxford next year to continue the work on the Clarkson Slide Archive Project. we would like to thank all of our donors for their extraordinary generosity and let you know that any further donations will always be welcomed!

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Early sixteenth-century binding

This is the early sixteenth-century binding from the flooded stacks of the Biblioteca Nazionale in Florence that fired Chris Clarkson’s interest in the laced-case limp parchment binding as a conservation structure. The thickness of the goatskin parchment cover, the lacing of all the slips along both joints and a substantial sewing structure on double alum-tawed sewing supports with structural endbands created a structure that survived not only more than four centuries of use but also saturation with water followed by drying.

Nicholas Pickwoad

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15th-century German binding

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A group of three 15th-century German bindings, each with a full limp cover of parchment used as a pierced support with a fore-edge envelope flap with cord and decorated metal button fastenings. Each has on the spine an external (secondary) pierced support, one of tanned skin and one of either alum-tawed skin or thick parchment with a combination of longstitch and chain stitch sewing, and one with tanned skin with chainstitch sewing only. The tanned skin external supports are decorated with blind tooling and piercing (with a coloured sheet material, probably parchment, under).

Nicholas Pickwoad

Boissonnas and Egypt Conference Invitation | 2 November 2017 | Royal Geographical Society

Boissonnas and Egypt Conference

Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AR
United Kingdom
2nd November 2017
10.00-17.30

The conference will present different perspectives on the context of 1920s Egypt in relation to Boissonnas’s work and explore wider debates around photography and cultural geography.

The conference will be followed by a private view of the exhibition from 17.30-19.30.

Tickets for the conference £35/£10 concession (lunch and refreshments included)
https://www.saintcatherinefoundation.org/shop-7

Speakers:
Dr Estelle Sohier (Université de Genève)
Dr Ahmed Shams (Durham University)
Dr George Manginis (Benaki Museum)
Ramsay Cameron (Independent Filmmaker)
Dr Kathleen Brunner (Independent Scholar)
Professor Oriana Baddeley (University of the Arts London)

FULL PROGRAMME:

10.00 Arrival, tea & coffee
10.15 Welcome and introduction by Professor Oriana Baddeley
10.30 Dr George Manginis, 'Into Cheltenham' - On the Way to Mount Sinai
11.15 Dr Ahmed Shams, A Swiss Photographic Voyage
12.00 Screening of a re-construction of Fred Boissonnas’s Lecture V (originally delivered at the Salle de L’Athenee, Geneva, on Tuesday 19th November,1935) describing his visit to Saint Catherine’s Monastery. Introduced by the film’s producer, Ramsay Cameron.
12.45 Panel discussion - Chair Prof. Oriana Baddeley
13.15 Lunch break
14.15 Dr Estelle Sohier, L'Egypte by Fred Boissonnas (1932): a Photographic Monument for the Egyptian Nation
15.00 Dr Kathy Brunner, Boissonnas' Return to Egypt, the Unfinished Sinai Project
15.45 Tea & coffee
16.15 Professor Oriana Baddeley, Boissonnas, Modernity and the Aesthetics of the Wilderness
17.00 Panel discussion - Chair Ewelina Warner
17.30 Private view of Boissonnas in Egypt exhibition

Fifteenth-century Germanic binding

Board-attachment lacing patterns from the early middle ages onwards are enormously varied, and carry within them the possibility of identifying national, local and even workshop provenances. Chris found this example, with its very distinctive lacing pattern, on a fifteenth-century Germanic binding on a manuscript copy of Jacopo de Voragine, Sermones de tempore with oak boards covered in pink-stained alum-tawed skin. The bookblock was sewn on three double and two single cord sewing supports, with separately-sewn endbands and has seven entry holes where the slips are laced into the boards and only three exit holes, where the slips were secured with wooden pegs. Any other example with the same lacing pattern is likely to come from the same workshop.

Nicholas Pickwoad

Blocks Plates Stones Conference | Institute of English Studies

BLOCKS PLATES STONES: Matrices/Printing Surfaces in Research and Collection

21 September 2017, Courtauld Institute of Art & British Academy, London

Details and programme: http://bit.ly/BlocksPlatesStones-Register

Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies)

A deeply interdisciplinary conference, BLOCKS PLATES STONES will survey the state of research into cut woodblocks, intaglio plates, lithographic stones, and other matrices/printing surfaces. It will bring together researchers, curators, special collections librarians, printers, printmakers, cataloguers, conservators, art historians, book historians, digital humanities practitioners, scientists, and others who care for these objects, seek to understand them, or use them in research. The discussion will encompass all media and techniques, from the fifteenth century through the present, with a programme including papers, posters, object handling sessions, and demonstrations.

KEYNOTE ROUNDTABLE

Richard S Field (Yale), Maria Goldoni (Galleria Estense), James Mosley (IES; Reading), 
Ad Stijnman (Leiden), and Michael Twyman (Reading)

SPEAKERS

Laura Aldovini (Università Cattolica; Cini), Rob Banham (Reading), Jean-Gérald Castex (Louvre), Rosalba Dinoia (independent),Neil Harris (Udine), Konstantina Elmaloglou (Technological Educational Institute of Athens), Huigen Leeflang (Rijksmuseum), Giorgio Marini (Uffizi), Julie Mellby (Princeton), Andreas Sampatakos (Technological Educational Institute of Athens), Linda Stiber Morenus (Library of Congress), Arie Pappot (Rijksmuseum), Elizabeth Savage (IES), Jane Rodgers Siegel (Columbia), Femke Speelberg (Met), and Amy Worthen (Des Moines Art Centre)

POSTERS & OBJECT SESSIONS

Constança Arouca (Orient Museum), Teun Baar (Apple), Cathleen A. Baker (Michigan), Rob Banham (Reading), Maarten Bassens (Royal Library of Belgium; KU Leuven), Giles Bergel (Oxford), Annemarie Bilclough (V&A), Chris Daunt (Society of Wood Engravers), Gigliola Gentile (Sapienza), Jasleen Kandhari (Leeds), Nicholas Knowles (Independent), Peter Lawrence (Society of Wood Engravers), Marc Lindeijer SJ (Société des Bollandistes), Anna Manicka (National Museum, Warsaw), Peter McCallion (West of England), Melissa Olen (West of England), Maria V. Ortiz-Segovia (Océ Print Logic Technologies), Carinna Parraman (West of England), Marc Proesmans (KU Leuven), Rose Roberto (Reading; National Museums Scotland), Fulvio Simoni (Bologna), Rachel Sloan (Courtauld), Francesca Tancini (Bologna), Joris Van Grieken (Royal Library of Belgium), Bruno Vandermeulen (KU Leuven), Genevieve Verdigel (Warburg), Lieve Watteeuw (Illuminare), Christina Weyl (independent), and Hazel Wilkinson (Birmingham)

Register for BLOCKS PLATES STONES (London, 21 Sept 2017): http://bit.ly/BlocksPlatesStones

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