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Rare books expert to speak to Friends of Reeves Library

Princeton University conservator will evaluate books brought by audience members

(Bethlehem, Pa.)—Scott H. Husby, rare books conservator at Firestone Library, Princeton University, will deliver an illustrated lecture called Hand Bookbinding: Art and Craft, on Wednesday, April 14, 5:30-7:00 p.m., in the UBC Room, Haupert Union Building, at Moravian College. After his talk, Husby will assess books brought to him for evaluation by audience members. (Limit two per person) The talk is free and open to the public. Evaluation carries a nominal charge of $5 per book. Proceeds go to Reeves Library.

Husby’s talk follows the annual meeting of Friends of Reeves Library and a brief members’ reception. The meeting begins at 4:45 p.m.

Husby came to Princeton University in 1996, after more than 20 years as a private practitioner in the rare book trade. He studied at the Capricornus School of Bookbinding, Berkeley, California, and held a Bush Foundation internship in rare books conservation at the Library of Congress. He has worked with such specialists as Christopher Clarkson, Nicholas Pickwood, Mirjam Foot, and Sue Allen.

He has been conservator for treatment of Islamic manuscripts at the Freer and Sackler Galleries and conservator of the First Folio Collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library, all in Washington, D.C. Mr. Husby was the curator of the 2003 exhibit at Princeton called Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious, which brought together 160 remarkable volumes illustrating the history of European hand bookbinding.

Husby is the second major speaker brought to the College by the one-year-old Friends of Reeves Library, an advocacy group of college and community members that supports the work of the library. Jane Rawlings, poet and author of a feminist sequel to Homer’s Odyssey called The Penelopeia, spoke to the group and Moravian students in March.

Information on Husby’s talk and membership in Friends of Reeves Library: 610 861-1540 or berkr@moravian.edu.