On Thursday 17 May 2018 eleven Stationers and their four guests were given a talk on selected books from the archive of the Wallace Collection by curator Helen Jacobsen and cataloguer Helen Jones. Amongst many other items of interest there was an opportunity to examine two of the books on display which had their original vellum covers. This wears wears better than leather the Stationers were told and a useful tip emerged! When purchasing rare books look out for the bindings that are often newer than the texts! Conservators prefer to keep the original binding albeit in poor or fair condition rather than undertaking rebinding which loses authenticity.
This was a very successful visit enjoyed by all and Freeman Rafael Pittman has written a more detailed account which will appear in the next issue of Stationers' News.