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The History of European Binding 1500-1800 (Pickwoad)
This reading list is divided into two parts: those books which will give some essential background and those which will give a wider background to the material covered in the course. Some of the books are more in the nature of catalogues than historical accounts, and they can be dipped into selectively rather than read straight through. They concentrate inevitably on decorated bindings, and therefore give limited information about the standard styles of retail bindings available in any particular country. However, a close study of the illustrations will offer information about the changing shapes of books and the materials used in their construction.
Prof. Nicholas Pickwoad trained with Roger Powell and ran his own workshop from 1977 to 1989. He has been Advisor on Book Conservation to the National Trust of Great Britain from 1978, and was editor of volumes 8-13 or The Paper Conservator. He taught book conservation at Columbia University Library School in New York from 1989 to 1992 and was Chief Conservator in the Harvard University Library from 1992 to 1995. He is now project leader of the Saint Catherine's Library Conservation Project based at the University of the Arts, London/Camberwell College of Arts.