250 EGP

Manuscripts and Rare Books Conservation (Level 1)

Duration: 35 hours (seven days; 5 hours/day)

Provided by: Manuscripts Museum
Course - Available at Bibalex - Available in Arabic / English

Target audience

University students, field professionals, and collection owners


Student ID or recommendation letter by an institution for professionals, or proof of owning private collections


To compare the main difference between books and manuscripts

To give an introduction to collection care, conservation concepts and cases, book structure, and bookbinding history


The course offers simple techniques of technical examination of paper-based rare objects: deterioration factors and conservation approaches.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to collection care
  • Book structure and anatomy
  • The difference between books and manuscripts
  • The history of bookbinding
  • Conservation concepts and cases
  • Basic paper deterioration factors and conservation approaches
  • Bookbinding and conservation requirements for establishing an appropriate conservation work environment
  • Basic types of sewing
  • Preparing quires for sewing to do case bookbinding
  • Edge trimming and spine preparation for case bookbinding
  • Book block measurements and board trimming for case bookbinding
  • Book coverings for case bookbinding
  • Turn-ins and end paper for case bookbinding

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