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Gallery: Making historic book facsimiles

Gallery: Fitting phase boxes to bound registers of the SGHA

Gallery: Digitization of the SGHA


The bookbinding restoration course workshop dedicates two weeks where students construct and study blank page books using traditional historic methods of bookbinding. This is an academic exercise which is meant to make students familiar with the structure, materials and process of fabricating  some traditional types of book bindings:

  • Islamic Style
  • Western Medieval
  • Limp Parchment
  • Modern Western Case Binding

The remaining time is dedicated to analysis, documentation and conservation measures for books. The following activities are also part of the program:

making protective phase boxes for  delicate material in the SG Historic Archive

building cradles for photographing delicate books

digitizing part of the San Gemini Historic Archive (SGHA)


The San Gemini Historic archives have in their collection of bound documents some of very rare binding methods. This is due to two reasons, first it is the age of archive going back to the late 14th Century and second that it is a small archive with limited resources and over time they did very little rebinding.


San Gemini Preservation Studies
International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies

203 Seventh Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
tel. 718 768 3508