Florence: the Restoration of Books


The skilled restoration of books damaged by floods in Florence.

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Producer: Roger Hill
Year Produced: 1967
Running time: 37 minutes
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Florence – The Restoration of Books: Shows the enormous task of restoring many thousands of manuscripts and priceless rare books which had been immersed in the Florence floods of 1967. The explanatory narration is by the bookbinder, Peter Waters.

Peter Waters was a well known bookbinder in his own right, even having a binding bought by the British Library when he was only 21. In the USA he has been dubbed the father of American library conservation, the work in Florence being the inspiration for the emergence of a new profession of library conservation.

This film is of historical interest but the film quality may not be to modern standards.’

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