Dag-Ernst Petersen

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Dag-Ernst Petersen (born September 25, 1942 in Cologne ) is a German book and paper restorer , binding researcher and author .


Dag-Ernst Petersen grew up in Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth . His father was the master bookbinder and restorer Heinz Petersen. After graduating from high school in 1963, he learned the trade of a bookbinder. During his apprenticeship he worked in the restoration workshop of the Bavarian State Library in Munich . He worked as a journeyman in the Legatoria Artistica in Ascona . He completed an internship at the Austrian National Library . In 1967 and 1969 he worked for several months in Florence to help the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale with the rescue of the library holdings damaged by the floods of the Arno . At the École Estienne in Paris he studied hand gilding . He passed the master's examination in bookbinding in Munich . He then completed an apprenticeship as a chemical engineer in Neumünster .

In 1973 he was employed as a restorer at the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel . He ran the restoration workshop there together with Gerta Frantzen and Adolf Flach. In 1974, together with colleagues from Lower Saxony, he developed a draft of the “training regulations for book, archive and graphic restoration”, which, however, was not implemented. He then set up an 18-month advanced training course in theory and practice for trained bookbinders to become restorers in Wolfenbüttel. From 1987 until his retirement in 2006 he managed the restoration workshop alone. He continues to hold courses in the field of restoration, for example of parchment or publisher's bindings , as well as the history of the binding, materials and techniques in the 19th century, with special emphasis on gilding.

He is a member of the management of the working group for the collection, indexing and preservation of historical book covers (AEB).



  • (with others): Bound in the steam bookbinding: Bookbinding in the course of the 19th century , Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel 1994, ISBN 3-447-03507-2
  • (with Georg Ruppelt): Photo calendar The art of book binding from the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel , Brönner, Frankfurt a. M. 1991
  • (as Hrsg.): The old book as a task for science and research , Jacobi, Bremen 1977, ISBN 3-87447-130-6
  • Medieval book covers from the Herzog August Bibliothek , Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel 1975


  • Gerd Brinkhus: For Dag-Ernst Petersen's 70th birthday . In: Einbandforschung , Issue 32 / April 2013.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Homepage of the AEB, contact person. Retrieved June 1, 2017 .