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Evening Lecture: The Identification of Shagreen on Bookbindings as Leather or Parchment

Lecturer: Herre de Vries


Tuesday 30 January, 18:00

British Library Foyle Centre, London, NW1 2DB

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Between 1600 and 1900 a variety of books were covered in a material which is internationally called shagreen or shark leather. It is not, however, tanned or otherwise preserved shark skin, and during treatment it can display both leather- and parchment-like properties. This presentation will discuss the history of this mysterious material by analysing historical sources and exploring the properties ninety such bindings and the characteristics of their microscopical cross sections.

Herre de Vries is co-owner of the Amsterdam-based conservation studio Restauratie Nijhoff Asser. He holds a higher professional degree and an MA in book and paper conservation and started his career in 1999 working as bookbinder with Atelier Kloosterman Boekbinders in Amsterdam. For the larger part of his career he has worked in private practice and in 2012 he worked at the Vatican Library on the conservation of Islamic manuscripts.



Entry is free for ICON members and students thanks to the support of the Book and Paper Group Committee, and £10 for non-members.

For any enquiries please contact Gwendoline Lemée.

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