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The Whole Art of the Book Dominic Riley Wednesday 11 December 2019

 

Invented on the banks of the Nile the art of book binding has intrigued and enchanted us for 2,000 years.  Why was the best paper made from the worn out clothes of peasants?  Why did leather have to be tanned outside the city walls? Why can’t gold be touched with the hands?  This talk tells the fascinating story of everything that makes a traditional, hand-bound book.

 

Dominic Riley an internationally renowned bookbinder, specializing in restoration of antiquarian books and the creation of contemporary fine bindings.  His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library and the Bodleian, which acquired his winning binding in the 2013 Sir Paul Getty International Bookbinding Competition.  He teaches in both the UK and the USA.