Enfilade

Conservation Week

Posted in opinion pages by Editor on August 9, 2009

Note from the Editor

John Evelyn, Sculptura (London, 1769), reissue of the second edition from 1755. Image from the Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Company.

John Evelyn, Sculptura (London, 1769), reissue of the second edition from 1755. Image from the Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Company.

For me, one of the benefits of teaching comes from the fact that students’ interests tend to be contagious. I often find myself hoping that I can pass along my enthusiasm for a given topic during a lecture or class discussion, but it certainly works the other direction, too. This summer I’ve been working with a terrific research assistant, Ali Kopseng, on a project related to John Evelyn’s Sculptura (1662), a text that’s often described as the earliest history of European prints (it was reprinted in 1755). I like to think that Ali learned a lot from the experience, but she also made me care much more about the locus of her ambitions for the future: conservation. And so, several of the postings for this week address the topic. Feel free to share other eighteenth-century examples that come to mind. And thanks, Ali.

-Craig Hanson

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