The Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centre hosted at Qatar National Library presents the final event in the Watermarks Lecture Series: A Reading in Charles-Moïse Briquet’s Encyclopedia.

In 1917, Charles-Moïse Briquet produced the mammoth four-volume work Les Filigranes, in which 16,112 watermarks were collected from libraries and archives, official documents of courts, and records of notaries in different European countries.

This lecture discusses the objective of this encyclopedia, the countries that were listed and excluded with an explanation of the reasons, the obstacles encountered during the production of this encyclopedia, and the information provided by Briquet.  The lecture also features the history of making paper, how watermarks were classified within the encyclopedia and the relationship of this encyclopedia to the book Papiers et Filigranes des Archives de Gênes.

Speaker: Fattouma bin Yahia, Head of Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, National Library of Algeria

The event will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams.

Date: 29 March 2021

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM 

Language: Arabic

Target Audience: Manuscript professionals, students and the general public   

Seats are limited, please register online here