Karin Scheper

Book conservator Karin Scheper has received the 2017 De la Court Prize for her dissertation on the Islamic bookbinding tradition.

Karin Scheper's research resulted in a dissertation, The Islamic Bookbinding Tradition. A Book Archaeological Study, published by Brill PublishersScheper is the first to describe the techniques employed by Islamic bookbinders, based on manuscripts from the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She demonstrates the baselessness of conventional ideas about the poor quality of Islamic bookbinding methods. According to the jury for the De la Court Prize, Scheper’s work has led to a new scholarly approach to the conservation of Islamic manuscripts that will be useful for fellow conservators the world over.

About the laureate

Karin Scheper (born 1970) is a conservator at Leiden University Library. Scheper trained as a book and paper conservator in Amsterdam and has worked as a conservator for various organisations. Since 2000, she has headed the conservation workshop at Leiden University Library. She is a guest lecturer at various academic institutions, gives lectures and workshops abroad, and makes a major contribution to scholarly discussions about her field.