Three weekly seminars on book conservation and historic bindings will be held in Patmos during September 2011 at a traditional stately Patmian house adjacent to the monastery of St John Theologian. The monastery itself preserves one of the most important monastic libraries of the Christian world, containing a wealth of Greek manuscripts, scrolls, and printed books.
Seminar 1 will give an introduction to the history of the al-Andalus bookbindings. The al-Andalus binding appears in different collections, in different geographical locations around the al-Andalus territory and appears during three centuries: the fourteen, fifteen and sixteenth. Variations are found in regards to the covering materials, endband structures, dimensions of text block or gatherings, but all of them retain the basic characteristic that the cover is not made independently from the text-block. This is why these bindings cannot be seen as a typical Islamic case binding, on the contrary the way it is constructed has more connections to its Coptic ancestors. This sort of hybrid structure has a special feature, the technique in which the inner spine is constructed, from which we are inspired of a conservation binding. Tutor: Ana Beny