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Friday, June 1 • 9:00am - 9:30am
(Book and Paper) Branded by Fire: Treatment of los Primeros Libros

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The Texas A&M University Libraries collections contains twenty examples of volumes designated as "primeros libros" and form the basis of international collaboration of nearly thirty institutions to build a digital humanities collections of these volumes available for research (http://www.primeroslibros.org). These Texas A&M University volumes are previously untreated at the libraries and several are in need of intense conservation treatment to bring them back as functional research tools. This presentation will review the unique characteristics of volumes of primeros libros selected for conservation, such as the marcas de fuegos (burned in brand) that is on several foredges of the books, and how those characteristics informed the treatment decisions while preserving the significance as unique artifacts.

Item Background: “Primeros libros” are books first printed in the Americas from approximately 1539 to 1605 in colonial Mexico and Peru. They are part of the Colonial Mexican Collection, which contains thousands of works either produced in Mexico or European imprints concerning Mexico during the Age of Exploration, Colonial, and early National periods and is a significant collecting area for the library as well as resource for the scholarly community in this area. The collection offers a significant number of examples of Mexican colonial bindings, woodcuts, illustrations, illuminated and decorated manuscripts, types, publishers, marginalia, and other information.

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Jeanne Goodman

Conservator, TAMU Libraries
Conservator for the University Libraries at Texas A&M University. Received MLIS from Simmons College with a concentration in Preservation and undergraduate work with University of Delaware in Collections Care. Completed the full-time Bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School... Read More →

Friday June 1, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am MDT
Texas Ballroom D Marriott Marquis Houston