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DVC-GBW January 2008 Newsletter

DVC-GBW January 2008 Newsletter

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Winter, 2008 Number 1 The Publication of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers
In This Issue:
Report from GBW Standards Meeting in Dallas Julia Miller Nag Hammadi workshop review Meet members Andrew Huot,Regan Gradet, & Alissa FoxUpcoming Workshop with Renate Mesmer Annual Meeting Our membership continues to grow and we now have 42 members! As you will see when you read thisnewsletter, some of our new members are from the University of the Arts Book Arts Program. We warmly  welcome them! We are very happy about our continuing relationship with the UArts. As many of you know, we will occasionally co-sponsor events and the recent Julia Miller workshop was held in their space.I am determined to have email correspondence with all of our members. It is such a fast and inexpensive
 way to contact everyone. And it ts easily into busy schedules. A mailing (snail mail) can take two peoplea few hours from start to nish. So I sent out an email to all members to “test” whether or not everyone
is getting them. Out of 41 members, 34 responded. Not a bad turnout! Worried that maybe my emails
 were not getting through, or that I had the wrong addresses, I sent out letters (snail mail) to the 7 who did
not respond. I heard back from 3 of them. That leaves 4 people. If you think you might be one of thosepeople, and you have not been getting my emails, please give me a call. I would love to hear from you! AndI really want to be sure that you hear from me. Jennifer 215-546-3181
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 Julia Miller taught a wonderful workshop on theNag Hammadi Codices. She started with a historical
overview which included a short slide show. “The
manuscripts known as the Nag Hammadi Codices were found in 1945, buried in an earthen jar, nearthe town of Nag Hammadi, near the site of ancientChenoboskion, and most of the texts were found with intact bindings. They constitute some of theearliest leather bindings ever found and are thoughtto date from the middle of the 4th century C.E. It istheorized that they may have belonged to the nearby monastery of St. Pachomius and were buried inresponse to a purge of ‘heretical’ writings or during a time of political unrest in the second half of the4th century. The contents include gnostic and otherearly Christian texts as well as a fragment of Plato’s
“Republic,” probably all copied from earlier Greek 
texts, but in Coptic. There is a total of 52 tractates;only six are previously known texts. The covers areleather, probably sheep or goatskin, the text writtenon papyrus sheets cut from rolls. The texts of all thebooks are located in the Coptic Museum in Cairo. Julia had us crumple our paper before the class metin order for it to be softer and more like the papyruspages. We learned that real papyrus is called mudpapyrus and is brown. Each student got a kit whichincluded a large piece of leather for the cover, variouspaper templates for cutting guides, and other treats. We had a good time learning to make tackets and alsolooking at the many models of the various codicesthat Julia brought with her. Along our journey, Juliataught us more history of the codices. However, sheis a bindings historian, not an early Christian scholar.She pointed out that most people study the codicesfor their texts. As if this wasn’t enough, by the second day of the workshop we started making a Spanish Vellumbinding in paper. The binding we made is modeledon a Sobrecarta from 1564 and is in the collection of the University of Michigan. This binding is similar tothe Nag Hammadi because they are both single quirebindings. For this binding we also used tackets but welearned to make toggles. We left with two beautifulbooks, a sampler card of miscellaneous attachmentstyles and an amazing amount of information!
 Above: It was very satisfying seeing all of our Nag Hammadimodels on display Left: Julia Miller demonstrates toggle attachment as workshopparticipants look on
 
F h   n  250  h, h Lb C-n  Phh n     u  bk -. Wh h n h hv bn u n    bk n hh, n h  h nk h v n  h n , Ob 2007  Jn. 25, 2008 h   b  un nv   bk   b 14 -b  h D V Ch  h GBW. T bkn  bj n h  n  n  ub,  h bk uu, v x-n  bk n bx , hn n  bk h, hh n  nn, n vn  kn- bk h. F h f  h Lb Cn (nnn h u  h   GBW b,)      v, h  bu v  hbn nn n un. T nx  n xhbn nn n nn v  h k . Inh nn    h n bk-vn ub v h bk  n n   h n kn- bu  buu n uu bj h n b nn v n h  n nn. T Lb Cn  Phh    1314 Lu S, n Phh.T xhbn  n  h ub Mn huh F, 9:00  4:45 .
DVC Members Exhibit at The Library Company of PhiladelphiaUpcoming Workshop: Renate Mesmer –
Tips & Tricks for Book & Paper Conservation 
In h
Tips and Tricks 
kh, Rn  h fn hnqu  bk n  nvn   nn . C hn, n nn, u  G u,  nbn, b bk,F hbx, n n n Rn  h   v nn u, bu   n  uu. S- hn  k h qun h   u h nh   k. Rn   nn n hnn n n  hv h nn     h k (n   h).Rn M  h An H  Cnvn  h F Shk Lb n h  D  h Bk n P Cnvn P  h Cn  b Lb n An, Szn. Sh h  M nbkbnn  h Chb  C  Pn n Gn, n n xn n nvn un n  k  h  h nvn n  h S’ S Ahv n Gn.T kh  hu  M 3 & 4, 2008un: $200 +    nuLn: T MLn Cnvn DnT Lb Cn  Phh1314 Lu SPh, PA 19107R: C Jnn  215-546-3181   h  bn@bn.
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