Manutius in Manchester

We have been working hard for the last week, installing the exhibition – Merchants of Print: From Venice to Manchester, which will run from 29th January to 21st June to celebrate the life and work of Aldus Manutius and five hundred years of collecting his books.

The Collection Care department is responsible for condition checking all the books going on display in an exhibition held in the galleries and creates custom made cradles built to support them, even if if the book in question is being displayed closed.

Condition checking consists of the examination of the book, recording the details of its construction, the materials used and the condition. Particular attention is given to the specific opening for the exhibition, and an assessment is made on whether the item will be safe on display for the period of exhibition. This is especially important for tightly bound/damaged books or openings with…

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