Homee and Phiroze Randeria Lecture

David Pearson: Bookbinding history and sacred cows: reflections on received wisdom

Book history has increasingly developed a cohesive view of the printing, selling, owning, reading and use of books, but bookbinding has struggled to find its place in the teaching and perception of the broad discipline. It is hampered by inherited perceptions of the operation of the binding trade, and what is important or knowable. This paper will examine these issues, consider the key questions we should ask of bindings, and argue for their proper integration into the book-historical pantheon.

Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m. with the lecture to start at 5.30 p.m. Members are welcome to bring guests, both to meetings and to the tea beforehand.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 17:30
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE