Italian Tacketed Stationery Bindings: Lecture and Workshop with Katherine Beaty

Friday, 9 March, 2018 to Sunday, 11 March, 2018
New York City

The New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and The New York Academy of Medicine are pleased to announce the following lecture and workshop:

Italian Tacketed Stationery Bindings with Katherine Beaty

The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028

Lecture: Friday, March 9th, 6pm - 8pm (free; please register at

Workshop: Saturday and Sunday, March 10th and 11th, 10am - 4pm (Note: class ends at 4pm so that participants can attend New York Antiquarian Book Fair.)

During this workshop, we will explore the structure of early Italian tacketed stationery bindings. From the 14th through the 19th centuries, tacketed stationery books were used for day, letter, and account books. These books were designed for daily use and had to live up to the task. In this 2-day workshop, we will construct the most common style of tacketed stationery binding: a limp vellum binding with laced overbands and a fore edge flap. The textblock will be sewn over split thongs, which will lace through the front cover and be secured under the overbands. The cover will be reinforced with stiff leather overbands, secured to the cover with decorative alum tawed lacings. During the workshop, we will discuss terminology, binding variations, and examine images from the Medici collection at Baker Library at Harvard University. Participants should have previous bookbinding experience, and be comfortable using paper, parchment, and leather.

Members Class Fee: $300
Non-Members Class Fee: $325
Class materials fee paid directly to instructor: $65

Katherine Beaty is a rare book conservator in the Weissman Preservation Center at the Harvard University Libraries. For the past 10 years, Katherine has been treating rare books from the Harvard library collection, with a special interest in parchment, Islamic and non-western books, and investigating historical book structures. Over the last four years, she has been conserving early Italian account books from the Harvard Business School's Baker Library Historical Collections. Katherine earned her M.A. from the Buffalo State College Art Conservation program with a specialization in book conservation, and is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation.

For class registration, please email