First Friday: Book Arts

Book Arts
Date: March 6, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: No Registration Required

In their laboratories alchemists did more than experiment; they spent hours engaged with the written word—reading, copying, and jotting notes, often in the margins of painstakingly constructed manuscripts. But what secrets are hidden in these intriguing handwritten pages? 

Join us as we explore the art of books with CHF fellow Stefano Gattei. Gattei’s talks will take place at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. with hands-on activities to follow.

Learn about the beautifully illustrated title pages—frontispieces—in astronomy books. And get creative with some book arts−related activities: try your hand at copying old script with iron-gall ink at our calligraphy station. Learn the process of paper marbling and make your own marbled page. Put your fingers to the test with the delicate art of hand-stitching a book, and get a sense of the craft required to make a book of secrets.

About the speaker

Stefano Gattei is a long-term postdoctoral fellow in the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at CHF. His current work focuses on the history of early modern astronomy and cosmology, especially Johannes Kepler, and on the history of books. 

This event is presented in conjunction with our latest exhibit, Books of Secrets: Writing and Reading Alchemy, open through September 4, 2015.



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