The Process of Preservation: Rare Books

November 14, 2019

504 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

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    In 1761, James Adams, set up shop in Delaware and printed his first four items - two books, a pamphlet, and a broadside. For the next 25 years Adams cornered the printing market. Examples of Adams’ work in the Paul Preston Davis collection can tell us much about technology, print culture, business and industry, and the dissemination of information in Wilmington during the early republic. Join Book Restorer and Conservation Technician, Domonique Alesi, for a talk about the importance and process of preserving rare books. Hands-on demonstration and an opportunity to create your own book is included.

    Gathered over four decades, the Paul Preston Davis Collection of Delawareana includes ephemera, photography, African Americana, rare print materials, and commemorative objects. The majority of the collection relates to Wilmington businesses during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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