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Pulled to Pieces: Life as an Independent Book Conservator

Pulled to Pieces: Life as an Independent Book Conservator
140 St. George Street, Room 728
Time: Oct 21st, 4:15 pm End: Oct 21st, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Information, Faculty of, Book History/Print Culture, 2000-
Lecture by Jeff Peachey, American Institute for Conservation

The Robertson Davies Library at Massey College is pleased to present:

Jeff Peachey, American Institute for Conservation

Pulled to Pieces: Life as an Independent Book Conservator

In this fast paced illustrated lecture, Jeff Peachey will discuss the variety of book related activities he is engaged in as a New York City based independent book conservator. This includes pretending to be an actor playing a bookbinder in a Samsung Galaxy Note TV advertisement, inventing the Peachey Board Slotting Machine, manufacturing leather paring knives and other hand-tools for the bookbinders, teaching, blogging, conducting research, and providing book conservation treatments for individuals and institutions.

Jeff Peachey is Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation, has served as Chair of the Conservators In Private Practice, was recently awarded a fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy) and is currently the Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellow in Bibliography and Book History at the University of Toronto. His most recent publication is “Beating, Rolling and Pressing: The Compression of Signatures in Bookbinding Prior to Sewing”  in Suave Mechanicals: Essays in the History of Bookbinding, The Legacy Press, 2013. Currently he is researching the progressive mechanization of book structures in the early nineteenth century. He maintains an active blog: http://jeffpeachey.com

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the library at (416) 978-2893.

Image credit: Detail from a current conservation treatment of an Aurora Store Display Monster Scene, 1971. Collection of Simone Peterson. How does this toy relate to books?

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