Author: ArthurGreen

What’s on the page? Signatures, catchwords, and press figures.

Have you looked at books of the hand-press period (circa 1450-1800) and wondered what the letters and numbers are at the foot of the page? Well, wonder no more…  To decipher these marks, we must first understand how the page was created. Whilst we might now think of books as collections of single sheets, early

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An early 19th century stationery binding

Stationery binding quires: Do they differ from printed sections?

The following is an amended excerpt from an unpublished Paper No hum-drum memorandum: Conservation of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s first Visitor’s Book, that Arthur gave for the 2019 Archives & Records Association (ARA) Conference in Leeds. The presentation described the conservation of an early 19th century stationery binding, looking at the various aspects of documentation,

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N. J. Hill & Co.

I recently acquired a lovely old pair of bookbinding shears that had “N. J. HILL” stamped into the metal. Just a short while after that, a finishing stove arrived at the studio which was marked with “HILL & Co LONDON”. Our new tools peaked our interest, so we did some research to find out what

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Conservation Newsletter, No. 8, Winter/Spring 2022

We’ve published our latest Conservation No. 8, Winter & Spring 2022.  

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Conservation Newsletter, No. 7, Autumn 2021

We’ve published our latest Conservation Newsletter No. 7, Autumn 2021.

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“Getting Organised” – Starting my new job at Green’s Books

Having recently completed a Master’s degree in Book Conservation at West Dean College, I was incredibly pleased to be offered work at Green’s Books straight away. Originally from Austria, I studied History and Philosophy at University College, Dublin before moving to the UK. During my training, I undertook placements at The National Archives, the Staatsbibliothek

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Conservation Newsletter, No. 6, Summer 2021

We’ve published our latest Conservation Newsletter – No. 6, Summer 2021.  

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Conservation Newsletter, No. 5, Spring 2021

We’ve just published our latest Conservation Newsletter – No. 5, Spring 2021  

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Conservation Newsletter, No. 4, Winter 2020/21

We’ve just published our latest Conservation Newsletter. Newsletter No. 4, Winter 2020-21

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Hand bookbinding doesn’t end in 1800: A review of Bookbinding Then & Now… by Lionel S. Darley

My latest read is Lionel Darley’s Bookbinding Then and Now: A Survey of the First Hundred and Seventy-Eight Years of James Burn & Company (London: Faber & Faber, 1959). As its title suggests, the book is a history of an English bookbinder, James Frederick Burn (1828-1870), and the London company first established in 1781 by

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