The art of bookbinding

A hand-bound book created by John J. Burns Library Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard is on exhibit now through June 29 at the North Bennet Street School’s 20th Annual Celebration of Craft. Hebard designed the cover for a copy of The Holy Bible purchased from Ignatius Press. It is bound in a historic-style known as Stationery or Account Book, a style popular in the 15th century. The cover is in thick hand-made flax paper, decorated with goatskin over-bands tacketed with vellum strips and linen thread. According to Hebard, her goal was to make a sturdy, yet light-weight, book that would be easy to hold and would visually evoke the centuries the printed Bible has been in use. A graduate of the North Bennet Street School’s Bookbinding Program, Hebard has taught book arts workshops for BC students. She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, a Professional Associate of American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and chairperson of the New England Conservation Association. The 20th Annual Celebration of Craft is on display at the NBSS Windgate Gallery, 150 North Street in Boston.

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