Fine Binding: Extra Work, Extra Results, Presented by Book Conservator Julia Miller

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Thursday August 7, 2008: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Over the course of her career as a professional conservator, Julia Miller has had extensive experience with various aspects of bookbinding and historical preservation of print collections. She will present on the topic of historical book binding in conjunction with the Downtown AADL exhibit, "Design Bindings Presented by the Kerrytown BookFest." The exhibit is on display through August. This event is cosponsored by the Sixth Annual Kerrytown BookFest, which takes place on Saturday, September 7, 2008. The theme of this year's bookfest is Honoring Fine Binding and Ernest Hemingway.

Miller has recently shifted her work from bench treatment to independent scholarship, studying and recording the historical style and structure of bindings in the rare collections at the University of Michigan. She will discuss historical 'fine' binding, what makes such bindings special, and how they relate to the current exhibit at AADL. She will bring some examples and images of different levels of 18th- and 19th- century historical binding for illustration.

Before the presentation begins, please feel free to enjoy the fine bookbinding exhibit on display in the lower level.