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Continuing Education Course at LIU Post Teaches Fine Book Restoration and Protection


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

The School of Continuing Education at LIU Post will offer a special course in the handling of precious books, titled "Introduction to Book Restoration and Protection," beginning May 31 at Lorber Hall at the campus located in Brookville.

The introductory course, led by book expert Paul Belard, offers hands-on instruction in how to preserve, protect and enhance fine books.

Whether you are a collector, an investor, or a person with personal cherished heirloom books, this course offers insight and practical experience in the fabrication of slip cases and boxes (including clam shell boxes) to protect books. It additionally deals with subjects such as repair or restoration of damaged books.

Paul Belard is a book collector whose interests are art deco, art nouveau, inlaid bindings, books with steel engravings and books with original works by illustrators. He learned the art of bookbinding in Paris in the late 70s at the shop of renowned French bookbinder Paule Ameline, and has been practicing fine bookbinding, repairs and restoration in the USA since 1980.

Belard has provided consultation and hands on restoration, binding and repair service to hundreds of individuals interested in book binding, repair and restoration. Among his clients and associates over the years he counts D. Von Bothmer, Curator of Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nelson Doubleday, former Editor and Owner of the Mets, Bob Brier, American Egyptologist & Senior Research Fellow at LIU Post, LIU Post Special Collections Department, R.F. Lewis Museum of African American History, Maryland, Pat Conroy, author, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Seawanhaka Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, N.Y. and Association of Descendants of the Mayflower.

Students are encouraged to bring their own books in need of care. Some tools and supplies will be necessary, including safety cutters, rulers, glue, cutting mat (cost: approximately $20). Any required materials, such as cardboard, fabric, marbled paper and leather will be provided at an additional cost.

Tuition for the six-session course, which runs Thursdays, May 31 – July 5, 5-7 p.m., is $180. Course Number: PERX-265-001. To register call the School of Continuing Education at 516-299-2236.

Posted 05/23/2012

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