Stationery bindings—books intended to be written in—are often characterised by a tendency towards durability and function over beauty. Encompassing ledgers, account books and notebooks, these ‘work horse’ volumes were almost completely bound by hand and reinforced to withstand heavy use; this utility often came at the expense of the tooling, detail and grandeur of other binding types. This talk, however, offers a different perspective by presenting intricately bound examples and ornamental lacing patterns found in the NSW State Archives collection.
Join Conservator Dominique Moussou and Archivist Bonnie Wildie for this talk on the work of the Government Printing Office, view collection highlights showcasing these intricate bindings, and participate in a hands-on session exploring vellum lacing patterns.
This is an event for Rare Book Week.