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Experts to Lecture on Rare Books & Book Bindings at UVA

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You can't judge a book by its cover.  That's how the old saying goes, but experts at the University of Virginia Rare Book School say maybe you can.

Julia Miller conserves rare books and studies book bindings.  This week, she's paying a special visit to UVA to teach the community about why a book's cover matters.

Bindings on old books can tell you who owned the book, or the publisher's market for the book.  Those are the lessons that Miller will teach on Wednesday and Thursday.

"People who come to the lecture will be able to look at 19th century American bindings and maybe some outstanding 20th century ones too, but in addition to that, she'll be marshaling more than 30 years experience as an expert on the history of bindings," said Michael Suarez with the Rare Book School. 

Miller will lecture in the auditorium of the UVA Special Collections Library at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  She will teach a seminar about unraveling the mysteries of book bindings on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public, but space in that seminar on Thursday is limited, so interested seminar participants should contact Natasha Richter at nlr9t@virginia.edu.

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