Congratulations to Professors Alexandra Gillespie and Suzanne Akbari for the funding they received from the Mellon Foundation for their project “The Book and the Silk Roads”

In December the University of Toronto was awarded $1.25 million (Canadian dollars) by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the initial phase of a collaboration led by Professor Alex Gillespie and co-principal investigators Professor Suzanne Akbari (Centre for Medieval Studies) and Sian Meikle (University of Toronto Libraries Information Technology Services). Together they are undertaking an international research initiative to investigate the origins and development of book bindings in the project “The Book and the Silk Roads.”

Poitiers, Bibliothèque municipale, ms 127(322), detail of the book binding

Poitiers, Bibliothèque municipale, ms 127 (322), detail of the book binding (picture taken by Cécile Treffort)

“The picture that will emerge based on this research will be richer and more complex than what we previously knew about the history of the book,” says Gillespie.

For more information, please read “An Open Book.”