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Irina Gorstein is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia. She holds a Degree in Library Science from St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts and a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School in Boston. She also received art training in her native city.

Irina's primary interests as a book conservator are the history and evolution of book structure. Over the course of her professional career she has constructed many models of historic book bindings that are known to contemporary researchers.

Model of a Nag Hammadi Codex, 3rd/4th century AD
Papyrus single-quire text block
Limp leather covers
Papyrus cartonage stiffeners
Parchment tackets for text block attachment

 

Model of Glazier Codex, 4th century AD
Paper multi-Quire text block sewn link stitch
Leather Spine with Wooden Boards
Leather ties with bone fasteners

 

Model of a Carolingian binding, 7th-12th centuries AD
Handmade paper text block sewn double-flexible on cords
Wooden boards
Leather chemise with strap of Alum taw and bone peg

 

Model of a Girdle Book, 15th century AD
Handmade paper text block sewn double-flexible
Wooden Boards with leather covering
Leather chemise with leather/brass closure

 

Model of limp vellum binding, 16th century AD
Handmade paper text block sewn double-flexible
Limp vellum cover
Lacing/closures of alum tawed goat

 

Model of a German binding, 16th century AD
Handmade paper text block sewn double-flexible
Wooden boards with spine of alum tawed goat
Braided leather closures with brass hardware

 

Modern artist’s book
Bound using the historic practice/materials

Frances Loeb Library: Collections: Conservation Lab: Irina Gorstein

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