Professor of History of Book Binding
Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon
Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon
Nicholas Pickwoad trained in bookbinding and book conservation with Roger Powell, and ran his own workshop from 1977—89. He has been an Advisor on book conservation to the National Trust since 1978. He was Chief Conservator in the Harvard University Library from 1992–95 and is now project leader of the St Catherine’s Monastery Library Project based at the University of the Arts London, where he is director of the Ligatus Research Centre, which is dedicated to the history of bookbinding. He lectures and teaches extensively on the history of European bookbinding in Europe and the USA.
Book binding, history of book binding.
I am interested in the history of bookbinding both as the history of a widely-practiced and very diverse craft, but also, and more importantly, as a tool for the better understanding of the history of the booktrade, the readership of books and the place of the book within society. The development of new tools for the better recording of bindings in both their technical and decorative aspects, central to which is the creation of a definitive thesaurus of terms in collaboration with specialists across Europe, underpins all my work.
Anna Gialdini, 'Alla Greca'. A Historical, Material and Cultural Analysis of Greek-Style Bookbindings in Renaissance Venice.
Masoumeh Madanipour, Identifying Persian-Islamic Book-Binding Structures. A Detailed Survey of the Manuscripts from the Library of the Wellcome and the Astan Qods Razavi Library.
Aurélie Martin, Navigating through Bindings: Study of the Bookbindings of Ship’s Logbooks from Maritime Empires in Early Modern Europe.
Andrew Megaw, 19th Century British Photographically-Illustrated Books, from the 1840s to the mid-1870s, considered as Historical Artefacts.
Jennifer Murray, Manuscript fragments and the bindings from which they were removed.
Heather Ravenberg, A Data Model to Describe Book Conservation Treatment Activity.
Marta Romero Ramirez, Limp, laced-case binding in parchment on sixteenth-century Mexican printed books.
Nikolas Sarris, Classification of Finishing Tools in Byzantine/Greek Bookbinding: Establishing links for manuscripts from the library of the St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, Egypt.
Theresa Zammit Lupi, A study on the binding structures and materials used in the manufacture of the Grand Master L'Isle Adam (1421-1534) illuminated choral books.
Martin, Aurelie and Pickwoad, Nicholas and Velios, Athanasios (2016) Fitting a quart into a pint pot at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London: A new library management and conservation survey tool for historic libraries. In: Care and Conservation of Manuscripts. Museum Tusculamun Press, Copenhagen.
Pickwoad, Nicholas (2014) The structures and materials of commercial bookbindings in the Arcadian Library. In: The Arcadian Library: Bindings and Provenance. Studies in the Arcadian Library . Oxford University Press, UK, pp. 1-78. ISBN 9780199654819
Velios, Athanasios and Pickwoad, Nicholas (2012) The digitisation of bookbindings. In: Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture. New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (3). Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance; ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), Toronto, Ontario; Tempe, Arizona, pp. 201-229. ISBN 9780866984744
Pickwoad, Nicholas (2012) Books for reading: commercial bindings in parchment and paper in the era of the handmade book. In: Great Bindings from the Spanish Royal Collections 15th – 21st Centuries. Patrimonio Nacional; Ediciones El Viso, Madrid, pp. 96-123. ISBN 9788495241931
Velios, Athanasios and Pickwoad, Nicholas and Honey, Andrew (2011) Manuscript boxing: a technique for objective spatial arrangement. Journal of Paper Conservation - IADA Reports, 12 (4). pp. 16-25. ISSN 1868-0860
Pickwoad, Nicholas (2011) Library or museum? the future of rare book collections and its consequences for conservation and access. In: New Approaches to Book and Paper Conservation. Verlag Berger, pp. 113-130. ISBN 9783850285186
Pickwoad, Nicholas and Velios, Athanasios and Boudalis, Giorgios (2011) Ligatus bookbinding glossary
Pickwoad, Nicholas (2010) Binding structures and the conservation of the Peterhouse Partbooks. In: Peterhouse Music Books Conference, September 2010.
Pickwoad, Nicholas (2010) Limp parchment bindings of the Sixteenth Century. In: Exposicion Encuadernacion
Pickwoad, Nicholas (2009) Bookbinding in the eighteenth century. In: The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 5: 1695–1830. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 268-290. ISBN 9780521810173