APR 9 | WATTS Lecture: Julia Miller, “Fast Forward/Full Circle: The Structure and Style of Early Books and the Book Today.”

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April 9 |  Lecture: Julia Miller, Fast Forward/Full Circle: The Structure and Style of Early Books and the Book Today. Free and open to the public. The John Carter Brown Library Macmillan Reading Room, 6:00 p.m.

Julia Miller, conservator and author of a recent publication, Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings will speak on early examples of book structure, including roll and tablet formats, before moving to the early codex. The structures discussed are primarily survivals from the first millennium and found in Egypt over the past century. The lecture will connect these early structures to later books and describe some of the structural, material, and decorative elements that continued (and continue) to appear on bindings. Slides, models of historical structures and examples of historical bindings will be on display and available for the audience to handle and discuss before and after the lecture.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (refreshments served)

Julia Miller is a bench-trained conservator who in recent years has turned her focus to the study and teaching of historical binding structures. She teaches bench courses on historical prototypes as well as lecturing and presenting seminars on identifying and describing historical bindings. Julia received a Kress Foundation/FAIC conservation publication fellowship in 2008 to write a book on historical structure and style titled Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings published by The Legacy Press and released in December 2010 (thelegacypress.com). The book is directed toward librarians, curators, collectors, and conservators, and of interest to book artists who draw on historical structure as a platform for their own work.  Julia is series editor for Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the history of bookbinding and will be a contributor to Volume I on American scaleboard bindings. The first collection will be released in February 2013, also published by and available from The Legacy Press. She has lectured/taught most recently at the Paper and Book Intensive, the Montefiascone School, Rare Book School, the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign.

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