Sponsored by The Book Club of California
MONDAY, October 30, 2023
The Poison Book Project: Arsenic & Other Heavy Metals in 19th-C. Bookbinding
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM Pacific
5:00 PM Pacific – Program
The Poison Book Project investigates potentially toxic pigments used in the manufacture of Victorian-era bookcloth. Lead scientist Dr. Rosie Grayburn will situate the use of English bookcloth colored with highly poisonous emerald green pigment and other toxic pigments within a broader historical context; recommend safe handling and storage practices for emerald green bookbindings; and report on the Poison Book Project’s most recent findings.
A virtual presentation by Dr. Rosie Grayburn, Head of the Scientific Research and Analysis lab at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and founding co-chair of the Bibliotoxicology Working Group.