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Don Etherington
Summerfield, North Carolina

Paul Needham, Twelve Centuries of Bookbindings, 400-1600, 1979

Binding is full goatskin beige/yellow with top edge gilt. Front and back boards have rectangular panels cut out from board. Stamped designs inset into sunken panels. Blocks illustrate bindings from the 7th century to the 16th century. 12.25 x 9 x 1.25 inches, 31 x 23 x 3 centimeters. Created 2009. On loan from Special Collections, Walter Clinton Jackson Library, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Don Etherington began bookbinding at age thirteen, in London as a student at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and as an apprentice at Harrison’s & Company. Studied bookbinding and design with Edgar Mansfield and Ivor Robinson at the London School of Printing and worked as a conservator for the BBC and Roger Powell and Peter Waters. From 1967 to 1969 was a training consultant at the Biblioteca Nazionale in Florence, training individuals in conservation practices as part of the flood response effort. Came to the Library of Congress in 1970 with Peter Waters, as training officer and assistant restoration officer, developed new techniques for the conservation of large collections of materials, and helped shape the field of book conservation. Served as assistant director and chief conservation officer at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1987 joined Information Conservation, Inc., creating a new conservation division. Coauthored with Matt Roberts Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology (1982), the first comprehensive compilation of bookmaking and conservation terminology. Is highly sought after as a workshop presenter. Initiated the Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence seminars in 1980, serving as chair until 1987. Past Fellow of Designer Bookbinders. Work held in significant collections worldwide.