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Washington Rare Book Group member Leslie Long will be speaking during Preservation Week at the Library of Congress, Friday, April 30, at 11 am.  Her online, illustrated presentation is part of the “Peek inside the Lab” program.  Please see the announcement below for more information and the link for registration.  We hope you can make it, and look forward to seeing many WRBG members there. 

Peek inside the Lab: Two Mini Presentations
Friday April 30, 11am EST

The Conservation and Digitization of the Yongle Dadian
Speakers: Alan Haley, Senior Preservation Specialist and Dan Paterson, Senior Conservator

Presenters will discuss the condition review, conservation treatment, and digitization of the Yongle Dadian, a manuscript encyclopedia from around 1565. The encyclopedia was first commissioned in 1403 by the Yongle emperor. When completed in 1408 the Yongle Dadian comprised 11,095 manuscript volumes, recording an enormous scope of Chinese life and culture. It is believed that none of the original 1408 volumes survived, but there are approximately 400 known volumes from the 16th century edition. This presentation will discuss how success of this project is dependent on conservation team working together with the other library entities, and how the size of the Yongle Dadian, its complicated history, and cultural significance impacted each phase of decision making process.

American Book Design Buffet
Speaker: Leslie Long, Senior Preservation Specialist, Conservation Division,

This presentation will focus on three important people in the world of 19th and early 20th century book design:   John Feely, Sarah Wyman Whitman and Margaret Armstrong.  All three were working in the years that are referred to as the golden age of book design – the feast of books published with beautiful covers between 1870 and 1920.  The remarkable thing about this age of beautiful books is they were every day books for every day buyers, modestly priced and widely available.

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