Everything about books, including paper, printing, and multi-page binding, began in China. Join First Saturday PDX for an adventure into the early history of communication by paper pages.
Margaret E. Davis, who studied bookbinding at Beijing’s National Library of China, will present the evolution of the book from engraving on bamboo, stone, and dragon bones to the present paper-based form, and describe the techniques of traditional Chinese bookbinding. Ms. Davis will share her experiences traveling to the Dunhuang caves, where the Diamond Sutra, the world’s first printed and dated book (May 11, 868), was discovered; and to the Jinling Ke Jing Chu publishing house in Nanjing, which has printed Buddhist texts since 1860 using over 120,000 woodblocks, some dating back to the Qing dynasty and still in use. Learn why books remain an enduring and essential product of civilization, culture, and entertainment.