“Waters Rising” with Sheila Waters & Julian Waters: Friday, October 7 @ Grolier Club


Waters Rising: An Evening with Sheila Waters & Julian Waters
Friday, October 7, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (refreshments at 5:30)
The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th Street
Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Books available for purchase.
Please RSVP here.

5:30 pm – Refreshments
6:00 pm – FILM The Restoration of Books: Florence 1968
The 40 minute film by Roger Hill, script by Peter Waters.
6:45 pm – LECTURE Sheila Waters & Julian Waters
How events unfolded following the flood, with many photos.
7:30 pm – BOOK SIGNING
Books will be available for purchase (pre-order with RSVP to guarantee a copy).

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Florence Flood, Sheila and Julian Waters will describe the events detailed in Sheila’s new book, Waters Rising: Letters from Florence, chronicling her late husband Peter Waters’ leadership in saving 100,000+ severely damaged rare books at the Bibliotec Nazionale Centrale di Firenze following the flood, work which still continues today.

The book contains over 100 letters between Peter in Florence and Sheila in England from late 1966 to mid 1967, a day-to-day history of a pivotal time. The 496 page book contains 283 photos, including heart-wrenching images of flood damaged volumes, restoration procedures, and many of Peter’s designer bookbindings from age 14 though his mid 30s. After Florence, Waters was appointed Chief of Conservation at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, and has had a lasting influence on book and paper conservation worldwide.

A complimentary DVD is included: The Restoration of Books: Florence 1968, showing flood damaged books, fabrication of equipment and work stations, hand techniques and rare footage of Peter Waters making a leather binding.

Sheila (b. 1929) and son Julian Waters (b. 1957) are both internationally known calligraphers, designers and teachers. Julian Waters was a consultant and co-designer of Waters Rising.

Waters Rising: Letters from Florence will be available for purchase ($50), along with other signed books by Sheila and Julian Waters.

A review of Waters Rising from The Washington Post here.

Download pdf with more information about the program and books available for purchase here.