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

Lecturer: Herre de Vries

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Tuesday 30 January, 18:00

British Library Foyle Centre, or Remote access via GoToMeeting.


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 of 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 most of his career he has worked in private practice and in 2012 he worked at the Vatican Library on the conservation of Islamic manuscripts.

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The Icon Book & Paper Group are committed to providing events and training for all members. We are aware that, due to the proximity of most of the Committee members to London and the South, events are often organised within easy reach of the co-ordinator and therefore attendance is not always easy or possible for many of our members further afield. In an attempt to resolve this issue, we are trialling remote access to this lecture via GoToMeeting, an online system that will allow people to hear the speaker and view their presentation in real-time via their computer, tablet or smart phone. This is our first attempt to make an evening lecture accessible remotely so please bear with us while we trial this new system. The current availability for the remote access is limited to 25 but we are working on increasing this number for the next event.

For any enquiries please contact Gwendoline Lemée.

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